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A Peek At The Regulations And Requirements For Medical Waste Disposal In The State Of Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) manage the Arizona medical waste disposal regulations. It is one of 24 states operating an approved occupational safety and health program as well.

As for ADEQ, medical waste is categorized as thus: medical waste and biohazardous medical waste. It’s because medical waste requirements in this state share similar standards and regulations as others. Medical waste is solid waste that is generated in treating, diagnosing or immunizing a human being or animal. This also comprises discarded drugs. Biohazardous medical waste refers to human blood and blood products, cultures and stocks, medical sharps, human pathological wastes, and research animal wastes.

The most notable requirements in the state of Arizona involve temperature and storage. Perishable medical waste can be stored unrefrigerated if it does not create a disturbance. However, biohazardous medical waste cannot be stored for more than 90 days. This can be extended if the generator met design and operational requirements of the state.

Non-biohazardous medical waste is handled as solid waste. For handling biohazardous medical waste and discarded drugs ADEQ adopted precise rules.

People must obtain a Biohazardous Medical Waste Facility Plan (BMWFP) approval from the ADEQ to construct any facility. Meaning the facilities that can be used to store, transfer, treat, or dispose of biohazardous medical waste that is generated off-site.

A tattoo needle and any waste exposed to human blood. It is generated during the creation of a tattoo shall be disposed of in the same way as biohazardous medical waste. Arizona also has specific guidelines for the tattoo industry. This comprises employing the use of a sharps container and red disposable bags. Tattoo salons must organize transportation of the waste to a permitted biohazardous medical waste treatment facility through an ADEQ registered transporter if not using an alternative treatment plan.

State departments of health issue the regulations that regulate which wastes are considered ‘regulated’ or require special handling in conjunction with federal laws. Continue watching this space as we look at more regulations and requirements around the United States.

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