New York Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New York Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Regulated medical waste (RMW): New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 27-1501 to 27-1519 and regulations at 6 New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) 360-10, and 6 NYCRR 360-17

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New York Public Health Law (PHL) 2801 (Article 28), PHL 571, PHL 1389-aa, and regulations at 10 NYCRR 70-1.1 to 70-5.2 (Part 70)

Definitions: 6 NYCRR 364.9

New York State Department of Health (DOH) requirements: 10 NYCRR 70-1.1 to 70-5.2

Regulated medical waste (RMW): 10 NYCRR 70-1.2(z)

Waste management plan: 10 NYCRR 70-2.1

Containment and storage: 10 NYCRR 70-2.2

Treatment and disposal: 10 NYCRR 70-2.3

Off-site treatment: 10 NYCRR 70-2.4

Recordkeeping: 10 NYCRR 70-2.5

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) requirements:

Generator requirements: 6 NYCRR 364.9(d) to 364.9(f)

Transporter requirements: 6 NYCRR 364.9(g)

Treatment, destruction, and disposal facility requirements: 6 NYCRR 364.9(h)

RMW treatment facilities: 6 NYCRR 360-17, 6 NYCRR 360-1, 6 NYCRR 360-3, and 6 NYCRR 219

Storage, transfer, and disposal requirements: 6 NYCRR 360-10

Regulatory Agencies

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Remediation and Materials Management Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials

New York State 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. Medical waste in New York is regulated under both the New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and the New York Public Health Law (PHL) (and their regulations). In addition, certain federal regulations apply to the storage, treatment, and disposal of what New York refers to as ...


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