Infectious waste is that which can potentially cause infection and
disease. Also referred to as "red bag" or biohazardous waste,
infectious waste is distinct from hazardous waste. Examples include
medical sharps and contaminated pathology or laboratory wastes.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
(MPCA) has developed numerous resources for the health care industry that include:
rules for packaging, labeling, handling and segregation of infectious waste
a requirement for transporters and storage, treatment and disposal facilities to submit management plans
storage, transport, spill response, treatment and disposal standards
a requirement for generators to develop and follow a management plan.
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) maintains an on-line list of canister-free and reusable canister vacuum systems
. Businesses may save on labor, disposal and purchase costs by using these systems to reduce infectious waste.
For on-line help reducing health care related wastes and preventing associated pollution, visit Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
and Health Care Without Harm
. For more information, visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
web site or call (651) 296-6300.