Washington Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Biomedical waste: Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.95K.005 to 70.95K.040 and regulations at Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 480-70-426 to 480-70-476

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Definitions: RCW 70.95K, WAC 480-70-041, and WAC 173-304-100(47)

Collection, transportation, and disposal of biomedical waste: WAC 480-70-426 to 480-70-476

Operating plan: WAC 480-70-436 and WAC 480-70-461

Training plan: WAC 480-70-441

Vehicle requirements: WAC 480-70-466 to 480-70-476

Packaging and containment: WAC 480-70-451

Shipping papers: WAC 480-70-471

Public liability and property damage insurance: WAC 480-70-181

Incineration: RCW 70.95.710 and regulations at WAC 173-300-020 (definition) and WAC 173-300-180

Regulatory Agencies

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Solid Waste and Financial Assistance Program

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC)

Local governments and health departments

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The majority of Washington's requirements for the management of biomedical (medical or infectious) waste are established by local health departments. The Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) has established applicable solid waste regulations related to carrier insurance and disposal of biomedical waste in solid waste landfills and rules for companies that collect, transport, and dispose of biomedical waste. The rules governing the transportation of biomedical waste include adoption of federal Department of Transportation (DOT) rules as well as additional state provisions for operating plans, vehicle standards, packaging and containment, shipping papers, and employee ...


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