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Is Covid-19 a Category B Infectious Substance?? Let's clear things up on this.
If you follow both CDC and DOT you may be confused about whether Covid-19 waste is a Cat B Infectious Substance and what should you do. Here's the most important point. A Category B infectious substance is defined as follows:
"Category B: An infectious substance that is not in a form generally capable of causing permanent disability or life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals when exposure to it occurs. This includes Category B infectious substances transported for diagnostic or investigational purposes......" 49 CFR § 173.134 - Class 6, Division 6.2 - Definitions and exceptions.
To be clear this material is still packaged, transported, and treated as Regulated Medical Waste once it leaves the generator. NO ADDITIONAL PACKAGING OR PPE PRECAUTIONS ARE NECESSARY NOR REQUIRED. Stick to what's been approved for RMW. The UN number may change on the shipping paper but again, a Category B infectious substance does not change the process for the packaging and handling of medical waste.