Biologic and Infectious Waste
Controlling waste is an important part of public health, whether it’s hospital infectious waste or household garbage. Improperly managed waste can create conditions that may have severe adverse effects on public health, safety, and the environment. Proper storage, collection, transportation, and disposal are key elements to controlling biologic and infectious waste.
Environmental health practitioners help ensure that waste controls are in place and are maintained. The potential for a disease outbreak and the threat of terrorism increases when proper controls are not in place.
This section contains general information on waste issues as well as new and emerging issues in biologic and infectious waste.
Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) – 10 modules that focus on key environmental health issues and challenges for emergency response
Links to information from outside CDC
Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs)External (U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services) – helps AFO owners and operators develop and implement comprehensive nutrient management plans to achieve production and natural resource conservation goals
Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Use of Information Technologies and Decision Support SystemsExternal (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) – archival information on developing scientific information for other agencies and organizations on which to base clinical guidelines, performance measures, and other quality improvement tools
- A Guide to Biosolids Risk AssessmentExternal
- Biosolids Frequently Asked QuestionsExternal
- EPA Medical WasteExternal – information about medical waste management and regulation
- EPA Office of Wastewater ManagementExternal – information about wastewater management and regulation
- Septic (Onsite/Decentralized) SystemsExternal – guidance on the management of onsite wastewater treatment systems
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System: Animal Feeding OperationsExternal – information about animal feeding operations and biosolids
Terrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies: A Reference Guide for MediaExternal (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) – information for the media on how to quickly and clearly communicate terrorism and public health emergency messages to the public
The Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice CenterExternal – tools and resources for preparedness that can be used by public health departments nationwide, including
- Environmental Health Emergency Response Guide, Chapter 7: Solid Waste Cdc-pdf[PDF – 658 KB] – provides quick access to needed information before an incident strikes a community