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Ohio infectious waste regulations. Ohio breaks infectious waste producers into two categories. Small generators who generate less than 50lbs of infectious waste a month, and large generators who generate 50lbs or more a month of infectious waste.

Small Generators of Infectious Waste

  • Small Generator Definition: Businesses generating less than 50 pounds of infectious waste monthly are considered small generators.
  • Infectious Waste Types: Includes cultures, blood products, pathological wastes, sharp wastes, and any waste with potential infectious agents.
  • Documentation: Small generators must maintain a log of infectious waste, documenting the monthly generation rate and ensuring records are kept for inspections.
  • Registration Requirement: If generating 50 pounds in any month, registration as an infectious waste generator is required.
  • Waste Management: Sharps must be in containers; cultures must be chemically treated or sent to a licensed facility.
  • Storage and Disposal: Waste must be non-putrescent, stored securely, and treated waste can be disposed of as solid waste, with proper documentation for landfill disposal.
  • Compliance with Regulations: Must adhere to U.S. Department of Transportation and state-specific hazardous and radioactive waste regulations.
  • Additional Management: Infectious waste that is hazardous or radioactive must be managed according to specific regulatory standards.

Large Generators of Infectious Waste

  • Large Generator Criteria: Businesses generating 50 pounds or more of infectious waste monthly in Ohio.
  • Infectious Waste Types: Includes microorganisms, pathogens, human blood, animal waste, sharp wastes, and any materials contaminated with infectious agents.
  • Registration: Large generators must register with Ohio EPA within 30 days after exceeding 50 pounds of waste in a month.
  • Renewal: Registration renewal required every three years with a $140 fee; Ohio EPA sends renewal notifications.
  • Waste Management: Segregate infectious from non-infectious waste; sharps in containers; untreated waste must be stored securely.
  • Storage Guidelines: Maintain waste in a non-putrescent state, secure storage areas, and mark with infectious waste warnings.
  • Treatment On-site: Large generators treating their own waste must document the treatment method and location; incinerators require additional permits.
  • Compliance: Adhere to hazardous and radioactive waste regulations; maintain records and training documentation; follow storage and disposal guidelines specific to treated waste.
  • Disposal of Treated Waste: Treated waste can be disposed of as solid waste with proper documentation; maintain operation logs for chemically treated waste.

Ohio Infectious Medical Waste – For your convenience we have included quick links below for Ohio Infectious Medical Waste regulations and reference materials. For the latest rules and regulations contact Bio-MED or visit https://epa.ohio.gov/divisions-and-offices/materials-and-waste-management/guides-and-manuals/infectious-waste-guidance

Forms, Information and Examples

  • Large Generator of IW Inspection ChecklistChecklist
  • Infectious Waste Large Generator Registration Form – Form
  • Guidance Document For Small Generators Of Infectious WasteDocument
  • Small Generator of Infectious Waste Inspection ChecklistChecklist
  • Reversion to Small Generator of Infectious Waste Form – Form

Ohio has set lower standards for small infectious waste generators who generate less than 50 pounds a month.

Ohio Medical Waste Disposal. Each small generator of infectious waste less than fifty pounds in any one month (one generator) shall do the following:

At the point of waste generation, identify and separate non-infectious from infectious waste to determine whether the generator must follow large generator rules.

Place sharps wastes in a “sharps” container.

Before they are disposed of, treat all cultures and specimen cultures generated on the premises to make them noninfectious by any method, technique, or practice prescribed by rule 3745-27-32 of the Administrative Code; or

Before disposing of the waste, treat it to make it noninfectious at one of the following: A facility that holds a license issued under Ohio Revised Code Section 3745.2732, a facility that is authorized by rule 3745-27-32 of the Administrative Code, a facility that is in compliance with state and federal regulations, or a facility in another state that operates in accordance with those regulations.

Under the Revised Code, the generator of treated cultures and viable infectious agent cultures on the premises does not have to be considered a treatment facility. Such treated cultures may be transported and disposed of in the same manner as solid wastes and do not have to comply with the disposal paper described in rule 3745-27-33 of the Administrative Code.

Keep records of the quantity of waste generated on the premises every month in pounds. The generator shall keep records documenting the monthly quantity of waste generated on the property or business. When requested by the local health board or its authorized representative, the generator must provide information on the rate of infectious waste production, which may then be quantified and recorded. A log showing the amount of infectious waste generated on the premises during each month shall be maintained.

Record by month the amount of infectious waste produced. If fifty pounds or more of infectious waste is produced in a single month, the Ohio environmental protection agency shall be notified in accordance with the Administrative Code. Generator certificates shall not include emergency vehicles or public safety vehicles and shall only be used at the site where they are generated.

Ohio Medical Waste Disposal

Ohio Medical Waste Disposal. A generator of infectious waste weighing 50 pounds or more must meet these Ohio Standards.

Ohio Medical Waste Disposal. At the point of generation, infectious wastes should be segregated from other wastes. At the very least, infectious wastes should be contained in their own containers, from other wastes.

Place sharp infectious wastes into an FDA cleared sharps container.

Do not grind or compact any sharp infectious wastes prior to having been treated in accordance with the Administrative Code. Do not grind or compact any other kinds of infectious wastes prior to having been treated in accordance with the Administrative Code.

Utilize a solid waste disposal facility that has been licensed under the Revised Code to handle infectious wastes after they have been processed to make them non-infectious by either:

The non-infectious waste generated at a facility owned or operated by the generator is treated using the methods, techniques, or practices prescribed by the Administrative Code.

Designating the wastes for treatment at an infectious waste treatment facility that holds a license issued under Ohio Revised Code or at a facility that holds a license to handle infectious wastes to the extent that treating those wastes is in accordance with that permit and its terms and conditions prior to disposal. In addition, facilities in other states operating in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Describe the major components of infectious wastes, any method of treatment that renders them noninfectious, and the generator’s process for distinguishing between waste containers that contain treated and untreated wastes to persons to whom the generator has entered into an arrangement to treat or dispose of the wastes upon receiving a written request.

To comply with the requirements of rule 3745-27-33 of the Administrative Code, all treated infectious wastes that are transported off the premises where they are generated must be accompanied by a disposal paper that meets the requirements.

Ohio Medical Waste Disposal Service Area

Ohio Medical Waste Disposal. Bio-MED services the entire state of Ohio including the following cities for medical waste disposal.

Bowling Green
Cleveland Heights
Cuyahoga Falls
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Ohio is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. Of the fifty U.S. states, it is the 34th-largest by area, and with a population of nearly 11.8 million, is the seventh-most populous and tenth-most densely populated. The state’s capital and largest city is Columbus, with the Columbus metro area, Greater Cincinnati, and Greater Cleveland being the largest metropolitan areas.

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