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1 West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources Bureau of Public Health Office of Environmental Health Services

2 West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources Bureau of Public Health Office of Environmental Health Services Infectious Medical Waste Program Morrison Building, 815 Quarrier Street, Suite 418 Charleston, WV (304)

3 Small quantity generators generate less than 50 pounds of medical waste In a one month period. Infectious medical waste Is defined as medical waste capable of producing a disease In man. Excluded or ExemQted:.Human remains under control of a physician. mortician or dentist.garbage or trash.household medical waste Cexcept sharps).treated and destroyed medical wastes.ash from medical waste incinerators.hair. nails and extracted teeth.medical tubing and devices certified as non-infectious by the generator The mixture of infectious medical waste and non-hazardous solid waste is considered an infectious medical waste. The mixture of infectious medical waste and hazardous waste is regulated as a hazardous substance and different rules apply. Non-infectious medical waste is solid waste.

4 ~ INFECTIOUS MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN All small quantity generators are required to develop and follow a waste management PLAN. The PLAN must be on file on the premises and be made available for Inspection. It shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Department upon request.

5 Sharps: Segregate sharps from other regulated infectious medical waste. All discarded sharps must be placed in rigid. leak- and puncture-resistant containers. clearly marked "infectious medical waste." When stored or to be treated off-site. place container in a red plastic bag. Sharps rendered non-infectious and encapsulated in a solid state on-site, may be disposed of as solid waste. Fluids: May be discharged to an approved sanitary sewer or contained in break-resistant, tightly stoppered containers. Other: Place in red-colored. disposable, leakproof, rip-resistant bags. passing ASTM D using 125 pounds or be 3 mils thick, or containers with equivalant containment properties. Storage Waste other than sharps may not be stored more than 30 days. even if refrigerated. Maintain Integrity of container -and in a non-putrescent state. Storage area shall be durable, easily cleanable, impermeable to liquids and vermin-proof. Protect containers from adverse weather, in a location which limits public access. Reusable containers must be decontaminated each time there are visible signs of contamination.

6 ~ Steg 2. SECONDARY CONTAINER, Place red bags in leakproof, disposable or reusable, double-wall corrugated fiberboard boxes or equivalant rigid containers. Secondary containers do not have to be red, but they must be clearly labeled as infectious medical waste. The label must also carry your name, address, date of packaging, plus the transporter's name. address and his permit and telephone numbers..

7 ~ SteQ 3. TRANSPORTING You, or a trained employee, may transport your medical wastes to a permitted infectious medical waste treatment facility (e.g., a hospital). You may choose to use a permitted hauler. I Before you hire a transporter. you must verify that he has a valid permit. issued by the Secretary of the Department. Sharps may be shipped as registered mall through the U.5. Postal Service if you comply with all postal regulations.

8 All infectious medical waste must be rendered non-infectious by incineration. steam treatment, discharge to an approved sanitary sewer or alternative methods approved before disposal by the Secretary of the Department. Unrecognizable treated infectious medical waste may be disposed of as solid waste. Treated medical waste that will pass through a screen with a 1/2 inch grid will be considered not recognizable. Recognizable treated infectious medical waste must be labeled before disposal. The label must contain the statement:.1 hereby certify, under penalty of law, that this waste has been rendered non-infectious in accordance with the procedures required by Infectious Medical Waste Rule. 64 CSR 56." Persons handling infectious medical waste shall have a working knowledge of pathogens and how diseases are transmitted. Personnel shall be familiar with the facility's infectious medical waste management plan. Personnel shall have working knowledge of minimum requirements for handling and storing infectious medical wastes. Personnel shall be familiar with the procedures, materials and equipment to be used in spill cleanup. For more details, please refer to the Infectious Medical Waste Rule ( 64 CSR 56 ), or address comments or questions to: Infectious Medical Waste Program Office of Environmental Health Services (304)

9 ~ Infectious Medical Waste Management Plan For

10 A. TYPE OF MANAGEMENT FACILITY Business T elephone Emergency Telephone~ Contact Person B. INFECTIOUS MEDICAL WASTE GENERATED (See Appendix A) It is estimated that this practice will generate the following quantities of infectious medical waste during a one-month period: IYf #/month 1. Culture & stock of microorganisms and biologicals 2. Blood and blood products 3. Pathological wastes 4. Sharps 5. Contaminated animal carcasses, bedding, etc. 6. Contaminated isolation wastes 7. Others Total If you generate 50 pounds or more during a one-month period you become a large quantity generator and additional regulations apply.

11 c. STORAGE.General:.Yes.No Are infectious medical wastes (IMW) separated from other medical wastes?.yes No Other than sharps, are IMW stored for 30 days or less? -Yes No Are IMW maintained in a non-putrescent state?.yes,no Is the storage area for IMW durable. easily cleanable. impermeable to liquids and vermin-proof?.yes No Are IMW containers stored in a manner and location which afford protection from the weather and limit public access? -Yes.No Are reusable IMW containers decontaminated if there are visable signs of contamination? If so, what sanitizer is used?.yes No Is IMW, other than sharps, delivered within 45 days to a permitted storage or treatment facility? 2. SharRs:.Yes No Are sharps segregated from other IMW, and placed in rigid, leakproof, and puncture resistant containers clearly marked "Infectious Medical Waste"? Name of product container.yes No Are sharps treated on-site? If yes. what method is being used? Steam treatment Rendered non-infectious - Encapsulated in a solid state - Others -

12 3. Fluids:.Yes.No Is the liquid IMW being dicharged to an approved sanitary sewer? Or.. -Yes No Is the liquid IMW contained in a break-resistant, tightly stoppered container? - -Yes.No Are containers of sharps and other IMW to be treated off-slte being placed in a red-colored. disposable, leakproof, rip-resistant bag? Yes.No Does your name, address and the date of packaging appear on each primary container? -Yes.No Are the red bags placed in leakproof, disposable or reusable, double-wall corrugated fiberboard boxes or equivalent rigid containers? Yes.No Are the red bags clearly marked "Infectious Medical Waste"? -Yes No Do secondary containers have your name, address, the date of packaging, the transporter's name, address, permit and telephone numbers?.yes No Will a permitted hauler be employed? Who? Name Address Phone Number PSC Permit Number (if applicable) DHHR Permit Number---

13 ~ -Yes No Is all hauler-transported IMW properly manifested? Yes No -Yes Yes No Do you have a contingency plan that will provide contacts to mitigate any Interruptions In transportation? No Are sharps being shipped to a treatmen~taclllty? I F. TREATMENT Name and location of Treatment FacIlity being used: Type of treatment: G. DISPOSAL Name and location of Disposal Site being used: -Yes No Are alllmw records maintained for three (3) years?

14 ~ Attach any policies and procedures which you have developed related to Infectious Medical Waste. Any "no" answer. except In Section C-3, may require modification of your plan. If several health care professslonals operate one facility, where they share clerical and nursing staff and In other ways act as one unit, the total amount of Infectious medical waste generated In a one-month period shall be the total generated by gu health care professionals Involved in the operation. DATE ADOPTED

15 Definitions Infectious Medical Wast ; -Medical waste which is capable of producing an infectious disease. Infectious medical waste shall be considered capable of producing an infectious disease if it has been, or is likely to have been, contaminated by an organism likely to be pathogenic to healthy humans, if such organism is not routinely and freely available in the community, and such organism has a significant probability of being present in sufficient quantities and with sufficient virulence to transmit disease. Animal carcasses. body carts. beddina and relat -Contaminated animal carcasses, body parts and bedding of animals that are known to have been exposed to infectious agents during research, production of biologicals, testing of pharmaceuticals or any other reason. Blood and blood Droducts -Liquid waste human blood and blood products in a free-flowing or unabsorbed state. Cultures and stocks of microoraanisms and biolqgil -Discarded cultures. stocks. specimans. vaccines and associated items likely to have been contaminated by an infectious agent. Discarded etiologic agents are infectious medical waste. Wastes from the production of biologicals and antibiotics likely to have been contaminated by an infectious agent are infectious medical waste. Isolation wastes -Wastes generated from the care of a patient who has, or is suspected of having, any disease listed as Class IV in "Classification of Etiologic Agents on the Basis of Hazard," published by the United States Centers for Disease Control. Patholoaical waste -Human pathological wastes, including tissues, organs, body parts and containers of body fluids, exclusive of those fixed in formaldehyde or another fixative. SharDs -Discarded articles that may cause punctures or cuts and that have been used in animal or human patient care or treatment, or in pharmacies or medical, research or industrial laboratories, including, but not limited to, hypodermic needles, syringes with attached needles. scalpel blades, lancets and broken glassware.

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