Solid Waste Compliance Assistance | Biohazardous Medical Waste Transporters, Storage and Treatment

Common Violations & How to Prevent Them

Proactively managing biohazardous medical waste at your facility not only protects public health and the environment, it prevents violations and can save owners and operators sizable costs related to enforcement. Following are the most common violations and requirements and best practices to prevent them.

Improper disposal1

Biohazardous medical waste needs to be transported by an approved biohazardous medical waste transporter to an approved disposal facility. Do not unload, reload or transfer biohazardous medical waste to another vehicle in any location other than an ADEQ-approved facility, except in emergencies.

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Lack of proper tracking documentation2

Any person who accepts biohazardous medical waste must keep a signed tracking form for a minimum of one year after the acceptance of the waste. The tracking form must be signed by a transporter and comply with state requirements,2 which include:

  • Name and address of the generator, transporter, and medical waste treatment, storage, transfer, or disposal facility, as applicable.
  • Quantity of biohazardous medical waste collected by weight, volume or number of containers.
  • Identification number attached to bags or containers.
  • Date the biohazardous medical waste is collected.

Improper delivery and/or storage3

Any person who transports biohazardous medical waste must deliver the waste to an approved biohazardous medical waste storage, transfer, treatment or disposal facility within 24 hours of collection or refrigerate the waste for no more than 90 days at 40°F (or less) until delivery.

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