Florida Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Medical waste management: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 64E-16.001 to 16.013

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Definition: FAC 64E-16.002

Waste Management Plan: FAC 64E-16.003(2)

Training: FAC 64E-16.003(2)(a)

Storage: FAC 64E-16.004

Packaging: FAC 64E-16.004

Labeling: FAC 64E-16.005

Compaction: FAC 64E-16.006

Treatment: FAC 64E-16.007(1) to 64E-16.007(4)

Disposal: FAC 64E-16.007(5) to 64E-16.007(7)

Permits: FAC 64E-16.011 and FAC 64E-16.012

Transporters:

Registration: FAC 64E-16.009

Operation requirements: FAC 64E-16.008

Regulatory Agency

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 ...


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