Massachusetts Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Medical waste requirements: 105 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 480.001 to 480.700

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Applicability: 105 CMR 480.004 and 105 CMR 480.020

Definitions: 105 CMR 480.010

Containment and storage: 105 CMR 480.100 and 105 CMR 480.300

Home sharps: 105 CMR 480.125 and 105 CMR 480.135


General: 105 CMR 480.100

Approved methods: 105 CMR 480.150(A)

Annual calibration: 105 CMR 480.150(D)

Chemical registration: 105 CMR 480.150(C)

Qualitative biological challenge testing: 105 CMR 480.150(E)

Disposal: 105 CMR 480.200

Blood and blood products: 105 CMR 480.200(A)

Pathological waste: 105 CMR 480.200(B)

Blood-saturated materials, cultures and stocks of infectious agents: 105 CMR 480.200(C)

Contaminated animal wastes: 105 CMR 480.200(D)

Sharps: 105 CMR 480.200(E)

Biotechnology by-product effluents: 105 CMR 480.200(F)

Labeling: 105 CMR 480.300

Shipping: 105 CMR 480.300, 105 CMR 480.400, and 105 CMR 480.425

Recordkeeping: 105 CMR 480.500

Solid waste facilities: 310 CMR 19.061

Regulatory Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and solid waste regulations address the storage, labeling, treatment, disposal, transportation, and recordkeeping requirements applicable to the management of medical or biological waste, including those for home sharps.

Massachusetts has not established regulations for existing hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs) because the state has received approval of a negative ...

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