cuyahoga

cleveland
department
public
health
ohio
Environment

Infectious Waste
Infectious waste is a subcategory of the broader medical waste stream. It is defined as any waste which, because of its infectious nature, may cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness, or pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed or otherwise managed. Infectious wastes are generated at many different facilities, including doctors’ and dentists’ offices, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, mortuaries and veterinary facilities. Infectious waste includes, but is not limited to, cultures and stocks of infectious agents, pathological wastes, waste human blood and blood products, sharps used in patient and animal care, laboratory wastes and dialysis waste.