California biohazardous



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Description: The Animal Care Program. (858) 534-6064, oversees collection and disposal. Package according to these guidelines: Collect dry waste in a double  red  biohazard waste bag.

The Animal Care Program. (858) 534-6064, oversees collection and disposal. Package according to these guidelines:

  • Collect dry waste in a double  red  biohazard waste bag.
    • Marketplace, Chemistry & Biochemistry Stockroom, and Core Bio Services sell bags preprinted with UCSD identification labels in different sizes and quantities.
  • Label both bags — before waste is placed inside — with the following UCSD identification information:
    • University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, (858) 534-4357
    • Building name and room number where the waste was generated
    • Campus Address Label Template

Take sealed bags to your building's designated collection site. Check with your lab or department manager for locations.

Dilute liquid waste with bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts liquid waste) before pouring it down the drain.

  • Bag medical waste in a regular trash bag and place it in a locked dumpster or trash compactor, depending on your building. Check with your lab manager for details.

The disposal method for sharps depends on whether they are contaminated with a hazardous material, and the type of contaminant.

Large, gray plastic BIOHAZARD waste collection containers (image at right) in 22 and 44 gallon sizes are available free  from EH&S Environmental Management Facility  (EMF).

BIOHAZARD containers provide convenient storage for dry  biohazardous waste. The wheeled containers have a secure lid and are labeled BIOHAZARD. Containers are free, but labs must purchase  red  biohazard waste bags to line the containers – 2 per container.

Line the container with 2 red biohazard waste bags. Put only DRY biohazardous waste in the container.

Full sharps containers that are properly labeled and sealed must be  placed into the gray plastic BIOHAZARD container.

What NOT to put in the gray BIOHAZARD waste container
  • No fluids
  • No carcasses
  • No extremely hazardous chemicals or radioactive chemicals
  • No non-hazardous waste – examples include glucose, buffers, and saline solution
  • No mixed waste – items contaminated with more than 1 category of hazardous waste (biological + chemical or radioactive contamination)
  • No loose sharps – Hypodermic needles, syringes with attached needles, scalpels, razor blades, and broken glass must be disposed of in a rigid, plastic sharps container. Only full, properly labeled and sealed  sharps containers  can go in the gray plastic BIOHAZARD container.

See the Hazardous Waste Menu  for detailed packaging, labeling, container, storage and disposal requirements for these and all other categories of hazardous waste generated at UC San Diego.

When the BIOHAZARD container is full, tie off the 2 inner liners and wheel the container to the biohazardous waste consolidation area for your floor or building.

Do not over fill containers! Keep the lid closed when waste is not being added.  (See image at right. Over-stuffed and unclosed containers violate County hazardous waste regulations.)

Replacement containers are available in the consolidation area. Full containers are collected for disposal by EH&S waste technicians. The containers are sanitized by UCSD's biohazard waste vendor, returned, and placed in service.






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