Georgia Healthcare Providers Must Know these Important Medical Waste Regulations
Classifications of Biomedical Waste
Types of Biomedical Waste
- Pathological waste
- Biological waste
- Cultures and stocks of infectious agents
- Contaminated animal carcasses, body parts, their bedding
- Trace chemotherapy waste
- Discarded medical equipment and parts
Biomedical Storage Requirements
According to Georgia state regulations, biomedical waste must be contained in a manner and location which provides protection from animals, rain and wind, does not provide a breeding place or food source for insects and rodents, and minimizes exposure to the public. In addition, all biomedical waste must be stored in a container that is both leakproof and rigid (puncture resistant for sharps). The container must also close securely before transportation. Containers must be labeled with the universal biohazard symbol and the word biohazard in a place that is readily visible from any lateral direction. Storage requirements for medical waste must be strictly adhered to at all times.
Georgia OSHA Regulations
There are Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations in the state of Georgia in addition to medical waste environmental regulations. Georgia is one of 26 states covered entirely by the federal OSHA program. Under this program, OSHA rules, such as Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Standards, impact various aspects of biomedical waste. This includes disposal of sharps, requirements for containers that hold or store biomedical waste, labeling of medical/infectious waste bags/containers, and employee OSHA training. For more information visit the page for OSHA Standards for Regulated Waste.