Kentucky Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definitions: 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 59.023, 401 KAR 61:013, and Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.1-010(31)

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Solid waste facilities: 401 KAR 47:110

Municipal solid waste transporters: KRS 174.450 and 601 KAR 40:020

Healthcare facilities:

Sharps: 902 KAR 20.016, Section 3(10)(g) and 902 KAR 20.300, Section 6(7)(b)4

Disposable wastes: 902 KAR 20.016, Section 3(10)(h) and 902 KAR 20.300, Section 6(7)(b)5

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP)

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Public Health

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Unlike many states, in Kentucky, medical waste is considered municipal solid waste and is subject to the same disposal requirements as household garbage. It may be disposed of in a permitted contained landfill. Kentucky's hospital and nursing facility regulations require sharps and other specified wastes to be incinerated or rendered nonhazardous.

Kentucky has not established regulations consistent with the federal guidelines for existing hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs) because the state has received approval of a negative declaration confirming that no applicable sources exist in the state. See the state section INCINERATION OF WASTES for more information.

Administration and enforcement. The Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) administers and enforces the state's requirements for solid waste disposal facilities and medical waste incinerators. The Kentucky ...


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