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Michigan Medical Waste Disposal Service Area

Bio-MED services the entire state of Michigan including the following cities for medical waste disposal.

Michigan Medical Waste Regulations. In Michigan the Medical Waste Regulatory Program administers and enforces Michigan’s Medical Waste Regulatory Act. Hence, the MWRP enforces the MWRA. The MWRA includes regulations requiring proper handling, storage, treatment, and disposal of potentially infectious medical waste.
Medical waste must be properly managed to safeguard those who come into contact with it from injury, disease, or infection. Medical waste producing facilities must follow MWRA guidelines from the moment medical waste is produced until it is disposed. Medical waste producers must also register as such under the MWRA.
The MWRA was enacted in 1990 in response to incidents of medical waste washing up on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, as well as other places in Michigan. This is similar to what happened on the east coast causing congress to enact the Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988.
The purpose of the program was to prevent public health risks and preserve the environment.

Michigan’s Definition of Medical Waste

In Michigan the MWRA defines specifically what is considered medical waste and subject to the regulations. These items when generated, stored, treated, or disposed of by a producing facility.

What is a Medical Waste Producing facility in Michigan?

In Michigan a Producing facility means any facility that generates any amount of medical waste or, stores, decontaminates, or incinerates medical waste. Some Examples of producing facilities include. Hospitals, Private Practices (DDS, DVM, DO, MD, etc.), tattoo shops, body art facilities, funeral homes, pharmacies offering shots, health departments, clinics, etc.

Producing Facilities Must Register

Facilities that produce any amount of medical waste in Michigan are required to register with the state of Michigan.  This is called a certificate of registration and expires every three years.

Medical Waste Management Plan

In addition to obtaining a certificate of registration producing facilities must, have a medical waste management plan in place, this plan lists and describes the types of medical waste produced and the methods for packing, storing, treatment, and disposal process used for each type of waste generated. If you have questions concerning this plan you can contact Bio-MED medical waste at 800-736-2466.

Employee Training

A record of training for all employees with occupational exposure to medical waste at the facility must be documented in accordance with the facilities medical waste management plan and made available upon inspection for a minimum of three years. Proper personal protective equipment and universal precautions should be made available should be made available to the employee at no charge and practiced at all times to prevent the risk of infection and exposure to employees.

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Packaging and Storage  

Appropriate bags, containers, and packaging should be used at all times for proper medical waste segregation and safety. Medical waste must not be stored at a producing facility for longer than 90 days, this includes sharps containers, it is important to note that the storage period begins when the container is first put into use (not when a full container is moved to a storage room).

Medical Waste Disposal Vendors in Michigan

If you are looking for a medical waste disposal vendor in Michigan you will want to make sure they are on Michigan’s EGLE (Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy) list with an EGLE Registration Number. This way you know the company you are working with has registered with the state of Michigan and is being regulated by EGLE.

Shipment Records 

Documentation is required to verify that regulated medical waste is removed from the facility and properly treated and disposed every 90 days and must be made available upon inspection for a minimum of three years.  

Michigan About

Michigan averages 30 days of thunderstorm activity per year. These can be severe, especially in the southern part of the state. The state averages 17 tornadoes per year, which are more common in the state’s extreme southern section. Portions of the southern border have been almost as vulnerable historically as states further west and in Tornado Alley. For this reason, many communities in the very southern portions of the state have tornado sirens to warn residents of approaching tornadoes. Farther north, in Central Michigan, Northern Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula, tornadoes are rare.

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Helpful Michigan Resources

Michigan State Capitol

100 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, Michigan 48933

Michigan Department of Environment

525 West Allegan Street
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Michigan Department of Transportation

425 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 241-2400

Michigan Interesting Information

Michigan has a continental climate, although there are two distinct regions. The southern and central parts of the Lower Peninsula have a warmer climate with hot summers and cold winters. The northern part of Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula has a more severe climate, with warm, but shorter summers and longer, cold to very cold winters. Some parts of the state average high temperatures below freezing from December through February, and into early March in the far northern parts. During the winter through the middle of February, the state is frequently subjected to heavy lake-effect snow. The state averages from 30 to 40 inches of precipitation annually; however, some areas in the northern lower peninsula and the upper peninsula average almost 160 inches of snowfall per year. Michigan’s highest recorded temperature is 112 °F at Mio on July 13, 1936, and the coldest recorded temperature is −51 °F at Vanderbilt on February 9, 1934.

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