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Biomedical waste

Biomedical waste should be disposed of frequently to reduce accumulation of these materials in work areas.

Disposal service for biomedical waste is provided to users in McGill buildings by HWM, local 5066. Provided at no charge, the service includes provision of waste containers and regular pick-ups.

To protect all from unnecessary exposure to biohazardous agents, biomedical waste MUST NOT be disposed of with regular waste.

Disposal of biomedical waste is governed by the Regulation Respecting Biomedical Waste (Québec), and encompasses the following categories:

  • human anatomical waste (body parts or organs),
  • animal anatomical waste (carcasses, body parts, organs),
  • non-anatomical waste, which includes:
    • sharps which have contacted animal or human blood, biological fluids or tissues
    • tissue or microbial cultures, and material contaminated by such cultures
    • live vaccines
    • containers or materials saturated with blood products.

Disposal guidelines

Biomedical waste should be disposed of frequently to reduce accumulation of these materials in work areas. Waste boxes are to be filled by those who generate the waste, and must be packed and labelled as follows:

  • line boxes with the plastic bags
  • affix user identification to the outside
  • ensure that liquids are in leakproof unbreakable containers
  • place sharps in a plastic puncture-proof container prior to disposal in the biomedical waste box
  • store the box at 4 C or lower in a locked refrigerator
  • use separate boxes for each category of waste, e.g., human anatomical should not be mixed with animal anatomical or non-anatomical waste.

Containers

The following containers must be used to pack biomedical wastes:

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Biohazard fibre drum

Biohazard fibre drum

Use: Large anatomical parts
Maximum weight (small): 40 lbs or 18 kgs
Maximum weight (large): 80 lbs or 36 kgs
Supplied with: Bags & Labels


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Biohazard boxes

Use: Biohard solids & cell culture.
Maximum weight (small): 30 lbs or 14 kg
Maximum weight (large): 30 lbs or 14 kg
Supplied with (small): Bags & Labels
Supplied with (large): Liner, Bags & Labels