Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Air Resource Management
Florida Department of Health (DOH)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Florida's Department of Health (DOH) has extensive regulations that address the segregation, handling, labeling, storage, transport, and treatment of biomedical (medical) waste. The state also requires biomedical waste generators, storage facilities, and treatment facilities to obtain permits from the DOH and transporters to register with the DOH.
Hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs) are regulated by the federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new HMIWIs. Existing HMIWIs must comply with state regulations consistent with the federal emissions guidelines or, in the absence of such regulations, comply with the federal plan requirements for existing HMIWIs. See the state section INCINERATION OF WASTES for more information on hospital, medical, and infectious waste incineration.
• Administration and enforcement. The DOH and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection ...