Classifications of Waste
"Infectious waste" means any waste, which because of its infectious nature may cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness; or pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed of or otherwise managed.
Types of Wastes
(1) Cultures and stocks of infectious agents and associated biologicals. (2) Pathological wastes.
(3) Waste human blood and products of blood
(4) Sharps that have been used in human or animal patient care or in medical, research, or
(5) Contaminated animal carcasses, body parts, and bedding of animals that were exposed to
infectious agents during research
(6) Wastes from human or animal patient care, surgery or autopsy that were in contact with
(7) Laboratory wastes from medical, pathological, pharmaceutical, or other research
(8) Dialysis wastes that were in contact with the blood of patients undergoing hemodialysis
(9) Discarded medical equipment and parts that were in contact with infectious agents;
(10) Biological waste and discarded materials contaminated with blood, excretion
(11) Any discarded preparations made from genetically altered living organisms and their
(12) Such other waste material that results from the administration of medical care to a patient
whether human or animal by a health care provider and is found by the director in consultation
with the division of public health services or state veterinarian to pose a threat to human health or
the environment due to its infectious nature.
(a) Collection, storage and transfer of infectious waste shall comply with the requirements of Env-Sw
400 and this section.
(b) The waste shall be stored in a pre-designated location, protected from water, rain and wind.
(c) Storage containers and packaging shall be labeled conspicuously in a legible manner with the
words "infectious waste," or "biohazard waste," or with the universal biohazard symbol.
(d) Waste stored at generator facilities shall be maintained in a nonputrescent state, using refrigeration
(e) Waste shall not be stored at room temperatures in excess of 72 hours.
(f) Outdoor storage areas containing the waste, such as dumpsters, sheds, tractor trailers, or other
storage areas, shall be locked to prevent unauthorized access.
(g) Access to on-site storage areas shall be limited to authorized persons.
(h) The waste shall be stored in a manner that shall provide protection from animals and shall not
provide a breeding place or a food source for insects or rodents.
(i) Storage containers and packaging shall be of sufficient structural integrity to ensure that the waste
shall not be released to the environment during storage.
(j) The contents of damaged or ruptured containers shall be re-packaged.
(k) Infectious waste shall be transferred by the generator to authorized facilities only.