Governing Law and Regulations
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 ...