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Biohazardous Waste


Overview & Objectives

Biohazardous waste is regulated by local, state, and federal agencies because it can pose a threat to humans. This inservice covers the fundamentals of managing biohazardous waste including definitions, fluids that can harbor infectious pathogens, handling and disposal of potentially infectious materials, proper containment and storage, household waste, and clean-up of biohazardous spills. It also covers policies, procedures, and regulations for occupational exposure to biohazardous materials as well as strategies for prevention. The learning objectives for this module include the following:

  • List potentially infectious body fluids
  • Define biohazardous materials
  • Explain proper handling, containment, storage, and disposal of biohazardous waste
  • Name strategies for preventing occupational exposure
  • Describe procedures required if an occupational exposure occurs


  • Learning Module
  • Module Extra: Sample Flow Chart for Biohazardous Waste
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance