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This page describes published standards and guidance documentation for the Biological/Biohazard Industry. Most of this can be cross referenced to help guide contractors in multi-market opportunities.  

On this page, you will find links to OSHA, BioSafety, Biohazard, Disinfection, Sterilization, Food Plant Sanitation, licensing programs, Terminal Cleaning, Aseptic process environments and clean-room standards.  


Disclaimer: These links will take you to third party sites.  ABRA does not endorse or validate any third party information present on these sites.   



Bloodborne Pathogens CFR-1910.1030

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response CFR-1910.120

Biohazard HAZWOPER Requirement Letter of Interpretation

Biological Agents

Outreach General Construction 10hr or 30hr (Please see what local requirements apply to you)

Medical Waste Regulation Explanation for Trauma and Infectious Substance Cleanup



Incident Command



Bio Recovery Site Risk Assessment (BSRA)




OSHA 1910.1030(b)* “Regulated Waste means liquid or semi-liquid blood or other potentially infectious materials; contaminated items that would release blood or other potentially infectious materials in a liquid or semi-liquid state if compressed; items that are caked with dried blood or other potentially infectious materials and are capable of releasing these materials during handling; contaminated sharps; and microbiological wastes containing blood or other potentially infectious materials.”


PHSMA - US DOT TRANSPORTATION (Please see state laws for further guidance and licensing requirements)


Regulated medical waste or clinical waste or (bio) medical waste means a waste or reusable material derived from the medical treatment of an animal or human, which includes diagnosis and immunization, or from biomedical research, which includes the production and testing of biological products. Regulated medical waste or clinical waste or (bio) medical waste containing a Category A infectious substance must be classed as an infectious substance, and assigned to UN2814 or UN2900, as appropriate.   (State regulations for transportation of RMW may meet or exceed this transportation regulation please consult with your state department of soild waste or Environmental Protection for further guidance)





The US DOT defines an infectious substance as “a material known or reasonably expected to contain a pathogen.” [49 CFR 173.134] Pathogen is further defined as a microorganism (e.g., bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi) or other agent, such as an infectious particle, that can cause disease in humans or animals. Examples are the Ebola virus and hoof-and-mouth disease and the cultures taken from them. Not all these pathogens are regulated the same way, if at all, and Division 6.2 is further divided into two categories:
Category A: An infectious substance in a form capable of causing permanent disability or life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals when exposure to it occurs. An exposure occurs when an infectious substance is released outside of its protective packaging, resulting in physical contact with humans or animals. A Category A infectious substance must be assigned to identification number UN 2814 or UN 2900, as appropriate. Assignment to UN 2814 or UN 2900 must be based on the known medical history or symptoms of the source patient or animal, endemic local conditions, or professional judgment concerning the individual circumstances of the source human or animal.


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. A Category B infectious substance must be described as “Biological substance, Category B” and assigned identification number UN 3373.This does not include regulated medical waste, which must be assigned identification number UN 3291.


PHMSA - DOT - Transportation of Infectious Substances  Class A and Class B

Infectious Substances Presentation 

PHMSA - Infectious Substances Portal

Infectious Substances Overview




CDC - Appendix B—Decontamination and Disinfection

CDC - BioSafety Risk Level 1, 2, 3, 4 Defined

WHO - BioSafety Manual - Third Edition

BioSafety Cabinets

BioSafety Cabinet video for Industry Info page

Canada - BioSafety Guidance

USDA - Emergency Management Guidelines for Animal Health

EPA - Registered Disinfectants

EPA - Microorganism Susceptibility

EPA - Efficacy Spectrum -

Illustration of Microorganism Susceptibility to EPA Registered Disinfectants v3

EPA - Biological Indicator Guidance


EPA - Selected EPA Registered Disinfectants

EPA - efficacy-requirements-antimicrobial-pesticides



Food Safety Modernization Act (FDA)

USDA  FSIS Sanitation Guide

FDA bug book




Meth Lab EPA Guidance Documentation

IAB First Responder PPE Guidance for Fentanyl


DEA Briefing Guide for First Responders

EPA Guidance Document on Fentanyl

CDC Guidance Card on Fentanyl

NIH Forced Degradation of Fentanyl

Oxidative Degradation of Fentanyl in Aqueous Solutions of Peroxides and Hypochlorites

Defence Science Journal, Vol. 61, No. 1, January 2011, pp. 30-35





USP 797 Guidance for Pharmaceutical Compounding Laboratories

AORN (Aseptic Techniques for Environmental Cleaning - Terminal Cleaning)

CDC - Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC)

Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA)

ICRA Permit



USP 797 Guidance for Pharmaceutical Compounding Laboratories

Cleanroom Classification Information

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Cleanroom & Associated Controlled Environment Standards/Documents

FDA GMP Guidance for Aseptic Drug Manufacturing

EC guidelines on the Manufacture of Sterile Medicinal Products




Georgia Crime Scene Cleaner Licensing

HB 149 2017-2018 Regular Session GA Crime Scene Cleaner Bill

HB 149 2017-2018 Regular Session


California Trauma Scene Waste Management Practitioners Licensing


News: Georgia Crime Scene Cleaner Law

Bill: License crime scene cleaners - Rome News-Tribune: Local


NYC Trauma Scene Guidelines


Public Health Information



IICRC - S-540



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ABRA’s objective is “to achieve and maintain the highest levels of competence among members in the performance of their profession. To teach, instill and require the highest technical, ethical and educational standards.” ABRA certified firms are required to maintain proper insurance, OSHA compliance, Bloodborne Pathogen training records, respirator fit testing, proper handling of biohazardous waste and other laws or requirements in order to maintain good standing with the American Bio-Recovery Association aka ABRA.