Bio-Hazard Waste Holding Room

Q: Our facility has a soiled utility room near the main laundry that also holds bagged, sealed, boxed, then sealed again bio-hazardous wasted awaiting removal by the contractor. Is this room required to have a dedicated air exhaust ventilation system to the outside of the building?

A: Yes… I believe it is required to have a dedicated air exhaust system to the outdoors. This is a requirement based on multiple entities. According to the FGI Guidelines, a soiled holing room is required to have the following:

  • Negative air pressure
  • 2 ACH minimum for outside air
  • 10 ACH minimum total
  • Room must exhaust directly to outdoors
  • No room unit ventilator air recirculation

In addition, according to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard 1910.1030(e)(4), if the storage area is also a HIV and HBV production area, then the room is required to have a dedicated exhaust system. So, it appears to me that the room is required to have a system that exhausts the air directly to the outdoors.