Medical Waste Generators
The Medical Waste Management Act (PDF) (MWMA),
Section 117705 of the California Health and Safety Code, considers any person
whose act or process produces medical waste to be a “medical waste generator” in
California (e.g., a facility or business that generates, and/or stores
medical waste onsite).
Medical waste generators may be either large quantity generators (LQG =
>200 lbs/month), or small quantity generators (SQG = <200 lbs/month).
Medical waste generators shall register with their local enforcement agency (PDF).
Medical waste generators, whether LQGs or SQGs, located in
counties where the state acts as the local enforcement agency (see the state map (GIF)) to determine the enforcement agency
in each county) shall complete the Generator Registration Application (below)
and mail it along with the fee page (below) to the address provided.
For medical waste generators treating medical waste
on-site, an on-site treatment permit application shall also be completed and
submitted to the address below.
Each application, along with a check made payable to
the Medical Waste Management Fund shall be mailed to:
California Department of Public Health
P.O. Box 997377, MS 7405
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
Limited Quantity Hauling Exemptions
As of January 1,
2015, the Limited Quantity Hauling Exemption has been eliminated. If you are a
small or large quantity generator (SQG, LQG) of medical waste and want to
transport small amounts of waste, refer to these sections of the Medical Waste
SQG: HSC §117946: (a) A small quantity medical waste generator or parent organization that employs health care professionals who generate medical waste may transport medical waste generated in limited quantities up to 35.2 pounds to the central location of accumulation, provided that all of the following are met:
(1) The principal business of the generator is not to transport or treat regulated medical waste.
(2) The generator shall adhere to the conditions and requirements set forth in the materials of trade exception, as specified in Section 173.6 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(3) A person transporting medical waste pursuant to this section shall provide a form or log to the receiving facility, and the receiving facility shall maintain the form or log for a period of two years, containing all of the following information:
(A) The name of the person transporting the medical waste.
(B) The number of containers of medical waste transported.
(C) The date the medical waste was transported.
(b) A generator transporting medical waste pursuant to this section shall not be regulated as a hazardous waste hauler pursuant to Section 117660.
LQG: HSC §117976: (a) A
large quantity medical waste generator or parent organization that employs
health care professionals who generate medical waste may transport medical waste
generated in limited quantities up to 35.2 pounds to the central location of
accumulation, provided that all of the following are met: (same as (1) – (3)
using an approved mail-back system, medical waste generators can dispose of
their waste in an economical fashion. These systems return the waste to an
appropriate medical waste treatment facility. As of January 1, 2015, the
Department no longer grants approvals for the systems. The systems must meet
USPS standards. See this page for the USPS mailability standards for medical waste (601.10.17): http://pe.usps.com/Archive/HTML/DMMArchive20100607/601.htm
Small Quantity Generators
storage times for biohazardous and sharps waste do differ. A facility that
generates less than 20 pounds of biohazardous waste per month may store it for
30 days. The waste may be stored for up to 90 days if kept at 32° F or below.
Any amount of sharps waste can be stored for 30 days, once the container is
full. To determine how frequently your facility requires pickup by a medical
waste transporter, you should weigh the amount of biohazardous waste generated
in one month. Do not include the amount of sharps waste generated in the
here for a chart on storage times and segregation for dental offices: Dental
Trauma Scene Waste
Individuals and companies in the business of cleaning trauma
scenes must register with the Medical Waste Management Program. Registered Trauma Scene Waste
Practitioners properly dispose of medical waste that is generated as a
result of a trauma scene. Only practitioners should be hired to clean trauma
scenes. A property owner does not need to be registered to clean a trauma scene
on his property.
Medical Waste Management Program