The University of Michigan (U-M) Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) collects and processes the biological waste generated at U-M. Lab directors (faculty/lab managers/supervisors) must follow the EHS protocols for proper disposal of biological waste to help reduce costs, ensure regulatory compliance, maintain a safe work place, and protect the environment.
Contact EHS, Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) at (734) 763-4568 regarding these protocols.
Standard Operating Procedures, Guidelines, and Manuals
- Uncontaminated Waste
Laboratory Refuse Collection poster
General Guidelines for Managing Biological Waste
- All biological waste must be treated or collected by HMM within 60 days of the first waste being placed in the container
- All containers of biological waste must have a “Biohazard Label” attached – NOTE: For containers that are not pre-labeled, biohazard labels can be ordered through HMM at (734) 763-4568
- The accumulation start date, which is the date the waste is first placed in the container, must be clearly written on the label