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What is a Biohazard Bag Used for in a Lab?

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 using biohazard 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.

Biohazard bags

Once you’ve dealt with clinical waste find out how to dispose of biohazard bags properly.

Person handling clinical waste

What goes in a biohazard bag in a medical laboratory? 

Body samples are the first thing people will think of when cleaning up a lab, but what other items should be put in the yellow bag for incineration? Any equipment that was contaminated by body fluids and tissues must be discarded in the same way. Here are some things that should be put into a biohazard waste bag:

  • Vials
  • Tubes
  • Microscope plates
  • Petri dishes
  • Pipettes and tips
  • Surgical tools
  • Filtration equipment
  • Any other lab consumables that become contaminated

Cleaning supplies that have been used when cleaning up body samples or spills should also go into the yellow biohazard bag, including: 

  • Swabs
  • Gauze
  • Tissues
  • Wipes
  • Cloths
  • Used PPE
  • Contaminated clothing 

Infectious clinical waste isn’t the only type of waste produced in a lab. Find out about colour coding for medical waste bags to properly segregate different types of medical waste.

What are biohazard disposal protocols in a lab? 

Everyone working in a laboratory should be fully debriefed on protocols for disposing of biohazardous waste. It’s also a good idea to put up some posters so that staff can check and follow the right guidance at all times.

Clinical waste bin

There should be one biohazard waste bin per workstation in the lab and should be clearly signposted with a biohazardous waste icon. Biohazardous waste should be put into a yellow bag and sealed, then taken to the disposal point. Some laboratories require the lab name or number, and the staff member’s name to be written on a tag attached to the bag.

Most hospitals and labs will have a designated biohazard waste disposal point like a skip bin or a shoot that bags are ultimately put into ready for collection. Biohazardous waste should be collected by a hazardous waste specialist to be taken to an incineration plant.

Never overfill a biohazard bag, it should be easy to seal up without the worry of bursting or splitting. Sharp medical waste, like needles, needs to be put into a Sharps Bin to ensure it doesn’t cause a tear and compromise a yellow bag.

What is a Biohazard Bag Used for in a Lab? 

Watch our video below on what a biohazard bag is used for in a medical laboratory: 



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