Health and Safety      College of Science and Engineering (COSE)

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  • As small generators of biohazardous waste, the departments of Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry are permitted to sterilize and dispose of their own waste using standard protocols. See the COSE Biosafety Plan for more details on handling and disposing of biological and biohazardous waste.

    1. All microbiological and biohazardous materials must be sterilized before disposal except:
      sharps containers, fluid blood, animal parts, organic solvents, and human waste.
    2. Biohazard bags and containers must be orange/red, used only for biological waste, and never recycled. Autoclaving indicator tape or special bag with intrinsic indicator is required.
    3. Sharps waste, such as broken glass and needles, must be separated according to the type of contamination and the containers must be closed, taped shut, and appropriately labeled. Contact the Biology Stockroom for disposal.
    4. Licensed contractors pick up the following biological wastes from the rooms where they are generated. Contact the Biology Stockroom at x8-1091 for pickup.
          • Human waste from the anatomy lab
          • Research animals and tissues
          • Medical waste such as human blood and other bodily fluids


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