Biological Hazard

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Alternatively, Biohazard.


European Definitions

Infectious agents or hazardous biological materials that present a risk or potential risk to the health of humans, animals, plants, or the environment [1].

Other International Definitions


Process or phenomenon of organic origin or conveyed by biological vectors, including exposure to pathogenic micro-organisms, toxins and bioactive substances that may cause loss of life, injury, illness or other health impacts, property damage, loss of livelihoods and services, social and economic disruption, or environmental damage [2]. Examples of biological hazards include outbreaks of epidemic diseases, plant or animal contagion, insect or other animal plagues and infestations.

National Definitions

Standard Definition

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