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Biological Waste

Ethidium Bromide (EtBr) Waste:

Ethidium Bromide (EtBr) is a material that is commonly used in biology laboratories for DNA staining. EtBr is a possible carcinogen, teratogen, and mutagen, therefore it should be properly managed and disposed. 

Electrophoresis gels:

Gels of any concentration can be placed in biohazard boxes with other regulated medical waste. These biohazard boxes must be lined with approved red biohazard bags. Both the bags and boxes are to be securely sealed and marked with the primary investigator's name and room number. Contact EHS for pickup.

Preserved Laboratory Animals and Organs:

This includes preserved animal carcasses, organs and tissues in preserving solutions. Carcasses, organs and tissues should be placed in durable plastc, liquid impermeable pails or drums. They should be labeled with the words "Infectious Waste", along iwht the primary investigator's name, and the room number. Then, EHS should be contacted for pickup.

Biohazardous and Infectious Medical Waste:

This includes materials that are contaminated or potentially contaminated with animal or human body-fluids and vaccines, glassware and other contaminated items from medical labs. This type of waste should be of minimal production if at all possible. Materials should be placed in biohazard boxes with other regulated medical waste. These biohazard boxes must be lined with approved red biohazard bags. Both the bags and boxes are to be securely sealed and marked with the primary investigator's name and room number. Contact EHS for pickup.