Wisconsin Medical Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Wisconsin Medical Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Medical waste management: Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources (NR) 526.01 to 526.22

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Definitions: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 287.07(7)(c)1.c, WSA 299.51(1)(b), and NR 500.03

Infectious waste categories:

Infectious wastes: NR 526.05(1)

Noninfectious wastes: NR 526.05(2)

Segregation and containment:

Source separation: NR 526.06

Containment: NR 526.07

Handling and storage:

Handling: NR 526.08

Storage and transfer: NR 526.09(4)


License: NR 526.10(1) and NR 526.10(2)

Minimum transportation requirements: NR 526.10(3)

Operation requirements: NR 526.10(4)

Reports and manifests:

Records: NR 526.09(4)(h) and NR 526.14(1)(a)

Manifests: NR 526.14

Annual reports: NR 526.15

Disposal and treatment: NR 526.13 and NR 526.11

Medical waste reduction plan:

Plan preparation: NR 526.16 and NR 526.19(1)

DNR plan review: NR 526.19(1)(c)

Plan priorities: NR 526.19(1)(d)

Staff training: NR 526.19(8)

Medical waste audit: NR 526.18

Regulatory Agency

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Air and Waste Waste and Materials Management Program

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Wisconsin strictly regulates "infectious waste," which in other states might be called "regulated medical waste." The state has numerous requirements for generators, transporters, medical facilities, and for the handling and storage of infectious waste. Medical facilities in the state must prepare, submit to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and follow a medical waste reduction plan in order to reduce the ...

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