Oklahoma Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oklahoma Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Regulated medical waste: Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 252:515-23-1 to 252:515-23-56

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General provisions:

Definitions: OAC 252:515-1-2

Applicability: OAC 252:515-23-1(a) to (d)

Exclusions: OAC 252:515-23-1(e)

Disposal: OAC 252:515-23-3

Treatment: OAC 252:515-23-4 and OAC 252:515-23-5

Medical waste processing facilities (MWPF) operational requirements:

General: OAC 252:515-23-31

Radiation: OAC 252:515-23-32

Contingency plan: OAC 252:515-23-33

Emergency response: OAC 252:515-23-34

Storage: OAC 252:515-23-35

Regulatory Agency

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land Protection Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The management of regulated medical waste (RMW) is regulated under Oklahoma's solid waste regulations. Generators, transporters, and treatment and disposal facilities are required to comply with numerous standards for storage, containment, treatment, and disposal of RMW.

Hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs) are regulated by the federal New Source Performance Standard (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 Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Land Protection Division administers and enforces the state's requirements for RMW in Oklahoma.

State Requirements


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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agency
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements