Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Biological Hazard

The most common source of human biological material comes from patients.Biomaterials is defined as any material, natural or man-made that comprises whole or part living structures or biomedical device which performs, or replace a natural function. Meanwhile, biological agent is defined as a micro-organisms, cell culture, or human endoparasite whether or not genetically modified, which may cause infection, allergy, toxicity or otherwise create a hazard to human health. On the other hand, biological hazard or biohazard is defined as biological materials that present a risk or potential risk to the health of humans, animals or the environment. This can include medical waste, samples of a microorganism, virus or toxin (from a biological source) that can impact human health.

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