Biological hazards, are referred to as biohazards, this is defined as a biological substances that pose a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily to humans. This biohazard includes medical waste or samples of a microorganism, virus or toxin from a biological source that can affect human health. It can also include substances harmful to animals. The term and its associated symbol are generally used as a warning, so that people those potentially exposed to the substances will know about the danger and take precautions. The biohazard symbol was developed in 1966 by Charles Baldwin, an environmental-health engineer working for the Dow Chemical Company on the containment products It is used in the labeling of biological materials that carry a significant health risk.Bio hazardous agents are classified for transportation by UN number : Category A, UN 2814- Infectious substances affecting humans and animals; Category B, UN 2900- Infectious substances affecting animals only ;Category B, UN 3373- Biological substance transported for diagnostic or investigative purposes; Regulated Medical Waste, UN 3291- Waste or reusable material derived from medical treatment of an animal or human.
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Last date updated on June, 2014