ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences




Those described below generally follow international standards.

  • for pathogenic waste - yellow heavy duty plastic garbage bag.
  • for sharps -rigid containers with impenetrable walls and capable of containing any residual liquid in the disposed item as might occur with pipettes or syringes.
  • for toxic waste

- Hazardous - original container or adequately labelled bulk container.

- Cytotoxic - purple heavy duty plastic bag

  • for radioactive - Blue or red plastic bags or containers displaying the black internationally recognised radioactivity symbol.
  • for general solids - black plastic garbage bag.
  • for general liquid - strong sealed plastic container.


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