Oregon Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oregon Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Medical waste handling requirements: Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 459.386 to 459.405 and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-093-0030, OAR 340-093-0190, and OAR 333-056-0020 to 333-056-0050

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Definitions: ORS 459.386, OAR 340-093-0030, and OAR 340-093-0190(1)(d)

Storage: ORS 459.390

Packaging and labeling: ORS 459.390

Exemption: ORS 459.390(10)

Transporter requirements: ORS 459.405 and ORS 825.256

Treatment and disposal requirements:

Sharps and biological wastes: ORS 459.395(4), OAR 340-093-0190(1)(d), and OAR 333-056-0030(2)

Liquid biological waste: ORS 459.395(3) and OAR 333-056-0030(3)

Pathological wastes: ORS 459.395(1) and OAR 333-056-0030(1)

Cultures and stocks: ORS 459.395(2) and OAR 333-056-0030(2)

Other medical waste: ORS 459.395(5)

Regulatory Agencies

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land Quality Division

Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Public Health Division

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission (EQC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has adopted solid waste requirements for the management, storage, transportation, treatment, and disposal of infectious (medical) waste. The state's public health regulations set forth similar and, in some cases additional requirements.

Oregon 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 ...


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