You must decontaminate medical wastes before disposal to the sewerage system, general waste, chemical waste, radioactive waste or any other disposal system. Liquid infectious wastes such as human blood or pathogenic cultures must be autoclaved prior to sanitary sewer disposal. Do not attempt to disinfect this waste with bleach without registering the process on your Lab Safety Plan Schedule F.

Decontaminated wastes placed into general waste must be in an autoclaved bag marked with heat sensitive tape to signal that the material has been decontaminated. State law requires biological indicator testing at least once a week. Refer to Section III of this chapter or the UNC Medical Waste Policy for specific procedures.