Texas Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Medical waste management regulations: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 330.1201 to 330.1221 and 25 TAC 1.131 to 1.137

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Definitions: 25 TAC 1.132, 25 TAC 1.136, and 30 TAC 326.3

Applicability: 25 TAC 1.134 and 30 TAC 326.3

Generator requirements:

Segregation: 30 TAC 326.17

Packaging: 30 TAC 326.19

Marking and labeling: 30 TAC 326.21

On-site storage: 30 TAC 326.31 and 30 TAC 326.37

On-site treatment: 30 TAC 326.39 and 30 TAC 326.41

Shipping untreated medical waste: 30 TAC 326.23 and 30 TAC 326.31

Exempt operations: 30 TAC 326.31

Transporter requirements:

Registration-by-rule: 30 TAC 326.53

Fees: 30 TAC 326.53(a)(3) and 30 TAC 326.87(b)

Insurance: 30 TAC 37.9060 to 37.9085

Manifest: 30 TAC 326.53(b)(8) to 326.53(b)(10)

Annual report: 30 TAC 326.89(d)

Vehicle requirements: 30 TAC 326.53(b)(6) and 30 TAC 326.53(b)(7)

Commingled wastes: 30 TAC 326.53(b)(12)

Storage: 30 TAC 326.53(b)(14)

Collection and transfer facilities: 30 TAC 326.43

Storage or processing facilities: 30 TAC 326.61, 30 TAC 326.71, and 30 TAC 326.75

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Division for Regulatory Services Policy Standards and Quality Assurance Unit

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Specific Texas medical waste regulations apply to persons who generate, collect, transport, and store medical waste. Requirements include those in connection with packaging, marking and labeling, recordkeeping, reporting, and registration.

Hospital/medical/infectious waste incinerators (HMIWIs) are regulated by the federal New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for new HMIWIs. Existing HMIWIs must comply with ...

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