Posted on June 13, 2014

The Liberty Tunnel opened in 1924 in Pittsburgh. This 5,700 foot facility was the longest artificially ventilated automobile tunnel in the world at the time. What else does Pennsylvania have? Well, it has its own set of medical, infectious and chemotherapeutic waste regulations.

Practices and facilities in Pennsylvania need to be aware of these regulations to make sure they are in compliance and keeping everyone safe.

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Classifications of Waste

Regulated medical waste items are saturated or dripping with human blood or caked with dried human blood including serum, plasma, and other blood components; items contaminated by human body fluids from surgery, autopsy, other medical or laboratory procedures; specimens of blood products or body fluids, and their containers; and broken and unbroken glass and plastic ware that have been in contact with infectious agents or used in animal or human patient care or treatment. For more information about infectious and chemotherapeutic waste visit the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s website.

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Types of Wastes

  1. Cultures and stocks
  2. Pathological wastes
  3. Human blood and body fluid waste
  4. Animal waste
  5. Isolation wastes
  6. Used sharps

Transportation and Storage Requirements

Any person who generates, transports, stores, processes, or disposes of infectious and chemotherapeutic waste must track the waste through the shipping process to its arrival at a disposal facility. Paper manifests ensure that the waste being shipped is processed or disposed of in the manner intended by the generator.

Generators that store infectious or chemotherapeutic waste must:

Store medical and infectious waste (including sharps waste) at room temperature until the storage container is full, but for no longer than 30 days from the date waste was first placed in the container. Click here for more information about storage requirements.


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