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The Different Types of Biohazard Waste | Get Educated

Biohazard waste presents a serious of potential health risks for anyone exposed to the material. Biohazard waste may include anything from viruses and bacteria to mold, parasites and other microorganisms which can not only cause negative health side effects in those exposed but some waste does present potential mortality risks as well. That is why utilizing biohazard removal services such as SafeGuard Restoration is vital for any home, business or property with such material on the premises. While there are often several sub-categories within each kind of biohazard waste, you can generally identify nearly any kind of waste in one of these four main categories.

Solid Waste

Solid biohazard waste is non-sharp material that has been exposed to either humans or animals. This can include (but is not necessarily limited to) tissue and body fluids. Petri dishes, pipes, clothing that has come in such contact and personal protective material all fall under this category. For example, if towels have been used to clean up blood or another bodily fluid, it falls under this kind of category. Pipes used to smoke narcotics are included here as well. Overall, any solid material that is not sharp is considered solid biohazard waste and needs to be removed through biohazard removal services.

Liquid Waste

Liquid biohazard waste usually refers to blood or other bodily fluids. There are different regulations regarding the amount of liquid present at a location. Smaller amounts of liquid that can be absorbed by cleaning linens may fall under the solid waste category. However, in the event of a murder, accidental death, decomposition or other issue, liquid waste is considered a form of biohazard material that must be properly cleaned and disposed of.

Sharp Waste

Biohazard material is considered sharp waste if it is sharp enough to puncture skin. This is a safety concern for both those around the scene and for those cleaning up the scene. Due to this, additional protective clothing and removal material is required to properly remove the items from the scene. If the object is sharp, it likely will fall into this category. The most common materials considered as sharp waste biohazards include:

  • Needles
  • Saw blades
  • Broken glass
  • Vials
  • Knifes

If there is an object such as a weapon that was used to commit a crime, the local authorities will remove this material from the scene.

Pathological Waste

Where there is pathological waste there usually is liquid waste (or even more categories). Pathological waste generally includes human or animal organs, body parts, tissue and other objects that have been exposed to some sort of an infectious agent. It is important to understand this is not just a situation dealing with a death of an individual. It can stem from the death and decomposition of animals as well.

Whether involved in an official police matter or another issue has caused the possible biohazard situation, you need to bring in a professional cleaning service with the ability to clear and remove this type of material. The biohazard removal services provided by SafeGuard Restoration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether in an emergency or you’re looking to schedule a removal service in the near future, SafeGuard Restoration is here for you.

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