Every organism generates waste. Waste itself is not the problem: how we deal with it is. Leaving waste unattended can lead to some serious consequences to the environment and the health of those exposed. Hiring a professional biohazard cleanup company is the best way to safely and completely dispose of biohazardous waste.
The first rule of waste management is to apply universal precautions when handling blood, bodily fluids, and biological material. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Here is a list of biological materials that must be handled and disposed of according to safety guidelines:
Biohazardous Waste Examples
- Cultures and wastes from the production of bacteria, viruses, spores, and discarded live and attenuated vaccines
- Animal parts, tissues, fluids or carcasses (animal carcasses and parts, regardless of the biosafety level, are managed as biohazardous waste)
- Human or animal specimen cultures
- Radioactive tools or materials
THE BIOHAZARD RISKS OF LEAVING WASTE UNATTENDED
There is always a risk when handling biological materials, but protective equipment mitigates the severity of this risk. Safety glasses, face shields, respirators, and boot covers protect against splashes and spills.
With unattended waste, however, the danger increases the longer the waste is left to fester. Depending on the kind of waste it is, it may begin to produce foul odors or change chemical forms. No matter whether it is liquid, solid, recyclable, metallic, or organic waste, it will deteriorate with time – sometimes allowing viruses and bacteria to proliferate and spread to the environment around it.
Radioactive materials emit dangerous particles. Excessive exposure to radioactivity can result in serious diseases.
Some medical waste can be destroyed by incineration. However, if not ignited properly, pollutants can move through the air. Airborne pathogens and toxic pollutants can spread far and wide – quickly. These can cause severe debilitating health problems or even death.
Pharmaceutical waste is frequently ingested by curious wildlife, which can injure or kill the animals.
Groundwater contamination. When syringes, needles, or other sharp wastes are not disposed of properly, they can rip the lining that protects nearby soil and groundwater from a landfill. Then, when rain falls, landfill contaminants are unobstructed from seeping into the soil and contaminating the groundwater, which is used for irrigation, households, and industry.
Incinerating heavy metals or materials with high metal content (particularly lead, mercury and cadmium) can lead to the spread of toxic metals in the environment. This can cause severe health problems in both humans and animals.
This is only the tip of the needle when it comes to the risks of leaving biohazardous waste unattended. Biohazard waste poses serious risks and must be handled and disposed of properly.
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Biohazardous waste can be present on any property – both private and commercial – and must therefore be properly disposed of to ensure the safety of those who are exposed AND prevent further contamination from occurring. If you’d like more information about our biohazard cleanup services, contact us today by phone at (650) 459-4386 or online. We’re here to help.