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Biohazard Bags Colour Coding: A UK Guide

Biohazard Bags Colour Coding: A UK Guide

Waste generated by the healthcare sector is some of the most hazardous waste, including harmful chemicals and potentially infectious materials that can pose a serious risk if not handled properly. Business owners and operators are required under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to make sure potentially harmful waste is disposed of responsibly.

Here’s our comprehensive guide to hazardous and non-hazardous waste bags for use in healthcare settings.

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Biohazard Waste Bags: Definition and Guidance

Biohazard Waste Bags: Definition and Guidance

Biohazard waste bags are important for making sure that potentially dangerous waste material is disposed of properly and doesn’t end up hurting people, animals, or the environment. If you run a business in the UK you have a duty of care to responsibly dispose of biohazardous waste, otherwise, you could be fined or prosecuted. 

In this article, we clarify what a biohazardous waste bag is used for and who needs to use them.

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How to Dispose of Biohazard Waste Bags?

How to Dispose of Biohazard Waste Bags

Biohazard waste consists of body fluids like urine and blood, along with any tools, equipment or materials that have been contaminated with body fluids, like needles. Biohazard waste can’t be disposed of in the General Waste due to the potential of coming into contact with people or animals that could be infected or get ill.

It is vital that biohazardous waste is disposed of responsibly. We use bright yellow and orange coloured waste bags to help waste disposal staff quickly identify hazardous clinical waste. Here’s what to do with a biohazard bag of waste.

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What is a Biohazard Bag Used for in a Lab?

What is a Biohazard Bag Used for in a Lab?

Day-to-day operations in a medical laboratory are highly likely to involve the examination, and handling, of bodily fluids and tissues. After examination, all body fluids and tissues are classed as biohazardous waste and must be disposed of usingbiohazard waste equipment.

Samples in a lab are often there to be investigated for abnormalities. Because of this, all waste material is generally treated as potentially infectious. The upkeep of stringent cleaning and waste disposal protocols is of the highest importance to make sure everything that all biohazardous waste is removed.

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How to Use a Biohazard Kit?

How to Use a Biohazard Kit

Having abiohazard kit to hand is the best way to be prepared for a biohazard spill situation. A biohazard kit contains everything you need to remove a biohazard and clean the affected area while keeping yourself and your staff and customers out of harm’s way. Afterwards, all materials used to clean up can be disposed of in the yellowbiohazard bag provided, meaning you don’t need to get rid of any of your own cleaning supplies and nothing is cross-contaminated.

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