Certain waste materials are classified as biohazards because of their potential ability to wreak havoc on a region. Infectious bio hazard waste is one of the most common types of biohazard waste and is readily produced by healthcare institutions in large quantities regularly. This makes the effective disposal of this infectious waste even more essential than before. Failing to do so can impose hefty fines and other consequences on the healthcare institution in question. This guide will help you learn the basics of infectious biohazard waste disposal while complying with your local regulations.

What is a Biohazard?

By definition, a biohazard is anything that poses a threat to the health of all life forms including humans. However, strictly speaking, infectious biohazard waste, includes materials, items, and substances that have been in contact with infected people or animals and are potentially contaminated with dangerous pathogens that can spread infections. Nearly all medical waste products that come in contact with an infected patient can be classified as an infected biohazard, and when they are disposed of, they must be disposed of as per the NHS guidelines for infectious biohazard waste.

What are Yellow Biohazard Bags?

Quite simply, biohazard bags are waste disposal bags specially designed to contain infectious biohazard waste. They are made of high-density polyethylene plastic and have sealing mechanisms in place to prevent any unauthorized access to the waste inside. Always use biohazard bags provided by your contractor as they are most likely to be compliant with local regulations.

What Can Be Placed in the Yellow Biohazard Bags?

All your infectious waste apart from sharps must be placed in the yellow biohazard bag. This waste has a chance of tearing through the material of the bag and spilling out the contents. Here are some examples of items that can be placed in your yellow bags:

  • Cotton Swabs
  • Sanitary Towels
  • Medical Dressing
  • Blood and other bodily fluids
  • Human and animal tissue
  • Pharmaceuticals contaminated with infectious waste (Except Cytotoxic drugs)

What You Should Never Place in Your Yellow Waste Bag

The yellow biohazard bag is only meant for infectious waste and must never be used for sharps waste products as they can easily rupture the bag and cause diseases to spread. There are also other kinds of hazardous waste produced at medical institutions that must not go in your infectious waste bag as they may require separate treatment before disposal. Moreover, placing your general garbage in the yellow bag can cause further complications during the disposal and treatment process.

Final Thoughts

Ensuring compliance with NHS regulations for the disposal of infectious biohazard waste isn’t as complicated as you may imagine. With the support of the right contractor from Trikon, your experience in managing yellow bag waste products will be as smooth as possible.

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