According to state and federal regulations, if you are a healthcare facility or a business that generates biomedical waste, you are responsible for properly disposing of it.

The right medical waste disposal service partner can help you with the right packing material, as they should provide you with everything needed to properly prepare your waste for transport.

Below, we’ve prepared some steps to help you stay compliant.

Setting Up Your Biomedical Waste Box

  1. Your corrugated box should be properly labeled as specified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), including:
    • A biohazard symbol
    • The word “Biohazard”
    • The ID number: UN 3291
    • A description: Regulated Medical Waste
    • Orientation arrows (up/down) for which side should always be up

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  1. When setting up the box prior to use, turn it upside down and tape the bottom flaps with packing tape (2” to 3” wide). Rely on the orientation arrows to determine which side is the bottom.  With your packing tape, make an “H” pattern to secure the bottom flap edges.  Set the box back upright.
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  1. Place a red biohazard bag as the liner for inside of your box. This liner helps prevent any contents from leaking and causing the box to be damp.  Your container is now ready for disposed medical waste.
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Readying Your Biomedical Waste Box For Transport

  1. Once your container is full, secure the top of your box by:
    • Twisting the top of the bag and securing it with a single knot, OR
    • Twisting the top of the bag, folding the twisted part over itself, and securing with packing tape or a zip tie.
    • Remember that the purpose of securing the top is to ensure the contents do not leak if the box is accidentally turned over. This step is therefore very important.
  1. Once the red plastic liner is properly secured, it is time to close the corrugated box for transport. Fold the top flaps down and once again, tape the flaps with packing tape (2” to 3” wide).  Make an “H” pattern to secure the top flap edges with packing tape.
  1. Use the label provided by your medical waste disposal service provider. This label will list your facility as the generator of the waste and will have your disposal company listed as the transporter.  There should be a space designated on the box for this label to be applied.

Note that all sharps – such as needles – must be enclosed in a rigid, puncture resistant sharps container, which must then be placed in the corrugated box mentioned above. Make sure you have no loose sharps!

Be sure to check your state and local requirements or regulations, as it’s imperative you understand what is classified as biomedical waste in your state.  When in doubt, your medical waste disposal service provider can help provide information on items that should be separated and handled separately, such as pharmaceuticals, trace chemotherapy or pathological waste.shas

Overwhelmed? Don’t Be!

We know it’s a lot to remember, but with ImageFIRST, we’ll walk you through what you need, and your dedicated ImageFIRST representative will even help close up boxes ready for shipment and set up new ones. Need more info? Call us 800-566-2137 or email