Sharps and Biohazardous Waste
Reviewed and Updated: February 2021
Contact: Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)
Biohazardous waste is defined as any biologically contaminated waste, including sharps contaminated with biological materials, that could potentially cause harm to humans, domestic or wild animals, plants, or the environment. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
- human body fluids
- recombinant DNA
- human, animal, or plant pathogens
All personnel who generate biohazardous waste must follow the procedures outlined in the ISU Sharps and Biohazardous Waste Procedures for disinfection and disposal of biohazardous waste and sharps.