Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Medical Waste Tracking Act (MWTA): 42 USC 6992 to 6992k

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Hospital/medical/infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs): 40 CFR 60.50c to 60.58c, 40 CFR 60.30e to 60.39e, 40 CFR 62.06, and 40 CFR 62.14400 to 62.14481

Pharmaceutical hazardous waste:

P-listed wastes: 40 CFR 261.33(e)

U-listed wastes: 40 CFR 261.33(f)

Characteristic hazardous wastes: 40 CFR 261.21 to 261.24

Management of pharmaceutical hazardous waste: 40 CFR 266.500 to 266.510

Transporter requirements:

Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous materials regulations: 49 CFR 171 to 180

Hazardous materials classes: 49 CFR 173.2

Risk classifications: 49 CFR 173.134

Definitions: 49 CFR 173.134(a)

Exceptions: 49 CFR 173.134(b)

Private/contract carrier exception: 49 CFR 173.134(c)

Category A packaging: 49 CFR 173.196

Category B packaging: 49 CFR 173.199

Regulated medical waste (RMW) packaging: 49 CFR 173.197

Training: 49 CFR 172.704

Security plans: 49 CFR 172.800 to 172.804

Incident reporting: 49 CFR 171.15

Penalties: 49 CFR 107.329

Other laws regulating medical waste:

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA): 40 CFR 152

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act): 29 CFR 1910.1030

Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (Marine Act): 33 USC 1415

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air Planning and Standards

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

State environmental and health departments

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