Biology Safety Notes from Flinn Scientific Canada

Autoclave, Bleach or Biohazard Bag?

Biology, microbiology and biochemistry labs may generate wastes that must be managed as potentially infectious, biohazardous or regulated medical waste. Review all guidelines and essential equipment needed for the sterilization and ultimate disposal of biological wastes before planning laboratory activities involving the use of microorganisms, body fluids or recombinant DNA.

Types of Biological Waste

  • Microbiological cultures and stocks, including all bacterial cultures and culture tubes Contaminated media and culture vessels (Petri dishes, inoculating loops) and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable gloves
  • Blood and other bodily or biological fluids
  • Sharps and broken glass, including needles, razor or dissecting blades, glass pipets and glass tubing

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