Maryland Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Special medical wastes: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.13.11 and COMAR 10.06.06

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Definitions:

Special medical waste: COMAR 26.13.11.02 and COMAR 26.13.11.03

Sharps: COMAR 26.13.11.02

Infectious waste: COMAR 26.04.07.02

Generators: COMAR 26.13.12.01 to 26.13.12.07

Special medical waste determination: COMAR 26.13.12.02

Maryland identification (ID) number: COMAR 26.13.12.03

Shipping papers: COMAR 26.13.12.04

Pretransport and pretreatment: COMAR 26.13.12.05

Records and reports: COMAR 26.13.12.06

Exports and imports: COMAR 26.13.12.07

Transporters: COMAR 26.13.13.01 to 26.13.13.04

Maryland ID number: COMAR 26.13.13.01(B)

Certificate: COMAR 26.13.13.01(C) and COMAR 26.13.13.04

Safety inspection: COMAR 26.13.13.01(F)

Vehicle standards: COMAR 26.13.13.01(D)

Stoppage: COMAR 26.13.13.01(E)

Shipping papers: COMAR 26.13.13.02

Discharges: COMAR 26.13.13.03

Treatment and disposal: COMAR 10.06.06.01 to 10.06.06.07

Treatment before disposal: COMAR 10.06.06.04

Treatment of sharps before disposal: COMAR 10.06.06.05 and COMAR 26.13.12.05(C)

Alternative treatment methods: COMAR 10.06.06.06

Disposal: COMAR 10.06.06.07

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maryland refers to its medical waste as "special medical waste," which it considers both a solid waste and a "controlled hazardous substance." The state's medical waste regulations include manifest and recordkeeping requirements for generators and transporters.

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