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California EPA State Definitions

Classifications of Waste

The Medical Waste Management Act provides the definition of medical waste (California Health and Safety Code, $ 117690). The waste must satisfy three criteria in order to be classified as medical waste. These three criteria are:

  1. The material must be a waste product.
  2. The waste must be either biohazardous or sharps waste. Various forms of waste are defined as biohazardous because of the actual or presumed presence of pathogenic microorganisms. Such wastes as laboratory waste and fluid blood fall into this category and are therefore biohazardous waste. Objects which have been used in invasive procedures, such as hypodermic needles, and broken glass items contaminated with blood or other biohazardous waste are considered to be sharps waste.
  3. The waste must be produced as a result of a specified action in the delivery of health care.

Types of Wastes

The Medical Waste Management Act (section 117690) defines this as the…diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals. Some actions such as medical research, production or testing of biologicals, accumulation of home-generated sharps waste and the removal of trauma scene waste are specifically included in the definition of medical waste.

For the most recent California Medical Waste Management Act please click here

Storage Requirements

The full Procedures for the processing, storage and transport of medical waste are found here. Some highlights are;

  • Medical waste will be contained separately from other waste
  • Sharps waste must be contained in a sharps container
  • Indicate that red biohazard bags are to be placed for storage, handling, and transport
  • If the person generates 20 or more pounds of biohazardous waste per month, the person shall not contain or store that waste above 0° Centigrade (32° Fahrenheit) at an onsite location for more than seven days without obtaining prior written approval of the enforcement agency.
  • If a person generates less than 20 pounds of biohazardous waste per month, the person shall not contain or store that waste above 0° Centigrade (32° Fahrenheit) at an onsite location for more than 30 days.

California State Resources

Department of Health

  • California Department of Public Health 1725 West 17th Street Santa Ana, CA 92706
  • (714) 567-6253

Environmental Protection

  • California Environmental Protection Agency 1001 I Street Sacramento, CA 85814
  • (916) 323-2514

Chamber of Commerce

  • California Chamber of Commerce 1215 K Street, Suite 1400 Sacramento, CA 85814
  • (916) 444-6670

California Healthcare Environmental Resource Center

This site provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance information for the healthcare sector. It is intended to be a comprehensive resource, covering all the varieties of hospital wastes, and all the rules that apply to them, including both federal regulations and the specific rules that apply in your state.

Click here to visit the California Healthcare Evironmental Resource Center

California Online Osha Compliance Program

MediWaste also offers online and onsite OSHA Compliance training focusing on California State OSHA guidelines.

We understand the importance of saving you money without sacrificing service. MedWaste Disposal will be your partner in your medical waste management program by being a low-cost provider of medical waste disposal and OSHA training services.