Laboratory Safety & Compliance

Graham Health Center
408 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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Biohazardous and Medical Waste

Biohazardous and Medical Waste

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I dispose of contaminated sharps?

Contaminated sharps are managed as follows:

  1. Broken glassware which may be contaminated is picked up using mechanical means, such as a brush and dust pan.
  2. All contaminated sharps are discarded immediately or as soon as possible into a sharps safe.

How do I launder my lab coat?

Contaminated laundry is managed as follows:

  1. Send out to those laundry facilities in the area willing and able to handle biohazardous laundry. The Graham Health Center can provide the name(s) of current facilities who perform this function.
  2. Place in leak-proof, labeled or color-coded containers before transport
  3. Handle as little as possible by OU employees, and never take contaminated materials home for laundering.

What are the guidelines for the use of biohazard bags, hampers and sharps safes containing biohazardous waste?

  1. Maintained upright at all times
  2. Replaced routinely and not overfilled
  3. Secure and seal the container prior to removal to prevent spillage or protrusion of contents during handling

How do I dispose of my biohazardous waste containers?

  1. Please submit a pickup requests via the online Hazardous Waste Pickup form.

  2. For chemical name please enter the words “Medical Waste".

  3. An "OU Medical Waste Internal Tracking Form" (MedWasteForm.pdf ) shall be completed for each "pickup" (regardless of the number of containers). A fund number is not required for medical waste originating from Oakland University Research Labs. Please make a copy for your records.

  4. EH&S will contact the submitter to pickup the medical waste.

  5. EH&S does not provide replacement sharps containers.

Medical Waste Disposal (non-sharps) for Research and Teaching Labs with access to an autoclave.

All medical waste generated in research labs must be managed as follows
  1. Dispose biohazardous waste in an appropriately labeled biohazard bag.
  2. When the biohazard bag is full it must be decontaminated using your departments autoclave.
  3. Autoclaved waste may be disposed in the regular trash once it is transferred to a black bag marked with the words, "Decontaminated Medical Waste".
Please contact EH&S (extension 4196) for "Decontaminated Medical Waste" labels or for assistance with the disposal of biohazardous waste that cannot be autoclaved.