The term biohazard is one many people have heard before however, may not know exactly what it means. Maybe you’ve heard about biohazard on popular TV crime shows like NCIS or Criminal Minds, in a hospital setting, or from your insurance agent. Although this term can come up frequently, it may be difficult to fully understand. Below we will discuss the basics on all things biohazard.
Biological hazards, also known as biohazards, refer to biological substances that pose a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily that of humans. This can include samples of a microorganism, virus or toxin that can affect human health. It can also include substances harmful to other animals. Biohazards should be handled with extreme caution.
- Human Blood and Blood Products
- Human Body Fluids such as semen, spinal fluid, vaginal secretions, pericardial fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva, and peritoneal fluid
- Animal waste
- Microbiological waste such as specimen cultures, disposable culture dishes, and discarded viruses
- Pathological Waste
- Sharps Waste including needles, scalpels, and IV tubing
For more information, visit https://www.epa.gov/rcra/medical-waste
When a biohazard occurs, professionals are needed to clean and disinfect as improper treatment can spread contamination and lead to illness or life-threatening conditions.
The team at First General is equipped to handle all biohazard cleanup needs. Visit our website for additional information: https://firstgeneralservice.com/bio-crime-scene-cleanup