Utah Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Utah Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Infectious waste regulations: Utah Administrative Rules (R)315-316

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Definitions:

Infectious waste: Utah Code Annotated (UCA) 19-6-102

Solid waste: UCA 19-6-102

Sharps: R315-316-2(3)

Applicability: R315-316-1

Infectious waste management plan: R315-316-2

Storage and containment: R315-316-3

Transportation: R315-316-4

Treatment and disposal:

Treatment: R315-316-5(2) to R315-316-5(4)

Incineration: R315-316-5(3) and R315-316-2(2)

Steam sterilization: R315-316-5(5)

Disposal: R315-316-5(6) and R315-316-5(7)

Regulatory Agency

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Utah's infectious (medical) waste regulations apply to generators; transporters; and facilities that treat, store, or dispose of infectious waste. Utah uses the term "infectious waste" instead of "medical waste."

Hospital/medical/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 Utah Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste administers and enforces the medical waste regulations in Utah.

State Requirements

DEFINITIONS

Infectious Waste

UCA 19-6-102

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