NY State Biohazard definitions
Biohazardous waste is defined as anything meeting these criteria:
1. Laboratory waste, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
- Human or animal specimen cultures from medical and pathology laboratories.
- Cultures and stocks of infectious agents from research laboratories. An infectious agent is a type of microorganism, bacteria, mold, parasite, or virus that normally causes, or significantly contributes to the cause of, increased morbidity or mortality of human beings.
- Waste from the production of:
- discarded live and attenuated vaccines used in human health care or research
- discarded animal vaccines, including Brucellosis and contagious Ecthyma
- culture dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate, and mix cultures
2. Human surgery specimens or tissues removed at surgery or autopsy, which are suspected of being contaminated with infectious agents known to be contagious to humans.
3. Animal parts, tissues, fluids, or carcasses suspected of being contaminated with infectious agents known to be contagious to humans.
4. Waste that contains recognizable fluid blood, fluid blood products, containers or equipment containing blood that is fluid or blood from animals known to be infected with diseases which are highly communicable to humans.
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