Rev. 07072011 SOM Translational Research Center Infectious

Rev. 07072011
SOM Translational Research Center Infectious Waste Disposal Guide*
* For research laboratories located in School of Medicine’s Translational Research Center. Procedures may vary in the hospital, clinical areas or other University spaces. For more
information on infectious waste consult the University's Biological Safety Manual (, or call EHRS at 215- 898-4453.
Plasticware Waste
Cardboard Box
laboratory glassware
and plasticware.
Chemical bottles must
be triple rinsed and label
Line cardboard
glassware boxes with a
heavy, clear plastic bag.
Seal box when ¾ full for
housekeepers to
User must purchase.
Infectious Waste Sharps Containers
Infectious waste sharps include:
All needles and syringes; broken or unbroken glass
and plasticware that has contacted infectious agents
or was used in animal or human patient care or
treatment; plastic pipettes and pipette tips.
Chemical contaminated sharps waste: Segregate
from other sharps into purchased sharps containers
and label "Chemical Contaminated Sharps Waste-Do
Not Autoclave"
NOTE: Non-infectious sharps may be commingled
with infectious waste sharps or chemical
contaminated sharps waste. If this is done, they
must be managed as described for the respective
category of sharps
Reusable sharps containers – YES (vendor will
remove and replace with clean containers)
Purchased sharps containers – NO
Reusable sharps containers: vendor will remove full,
closed containers and replace with empty ones
Purchased sharps containers :
Infectious Sharps Waste – autoclave containers and
discard in infectious waste drums.
Chemical contaminated and Non-infectious Sharps
Waste – deface label and discard without
autoclaving into infectious waste drums.
Reusable sharps containers – delivered by vendor:
Curtis Bay (Mr. Leo Ryan @ 717-672-4953)
Purchased sharps containers – user must purchase
Infectious Waste
Autoclave Bags
All contaminated
laboratory items NOT
considered sharps,
including used plasticware
that is deformed after
autoclaving or made of
polyethylene (PE),
polyvinyl chloride (PVC),
and other thermoplastic
polymers provided they do
not shatter on breakage or
are considered
unbreakable by the
Infectious Waste Liquid
Waste Drums
Infectious waste
that has been
Infectious waste fluids (volumes greater
than 20 cc).
sharps containers
and Non-infectious
sharps containers
that have NOT been
autoclaved and label
YES, if liquid is either autoclaved or
disinfected before pouring into a sanitary
sewer drain.
NO, if a disposable container is used.
Containers must be leakproof, impervious
to moisture, of sufficient strength, rigid,
capable of being tightly lidded or
stoppered, puncture and break resistant.
Containers must be marked with the
universal biohazard symbol.
Autoclave red bag waste
and discard in infectious
waste drums.
Autoclave liquid or use appropriate
disinfectant before pouring into a sanitary
sewer drain. Disposable liquid infectious
waste containers are autoclaved and
discarded in infectious waste drums.
Space Planning and
Operations removes
drums regularly.
User must purchase.
User must purchase.
Space Planning and
Operations (8-8000)
** For more details on how to properly sort and manage disposal of all laboratory sharps waste, consult the EHRS LABORATORY SHARPS WASTE MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE