A legislative term for a type of waste which is neither biohazardous nor infectious, but which (to the uninformed observer) may appear to be biohazardous. Examples include autoclaved waste, waste generated by a biomedical laboratory which does NOT work with biohazardous materials.
waste sufficiently capable of causing infection during handling and disposal (e.g., blood-or saliva-soaked cotton rolls, extracted teeth, sharp items, surgically-removed hard- and soft-tissues) to merit special handling and disposal.
Medical waste is hazardous material that must be disposed of in biohazard containers. Special regulations and requirements control how this type of waste can be disposed. Never put medical waste in the normal trash receptacles.
Compare? All wastes from hospitals, clinics, or other health care facilities ("Red Bag Waste") that contain or have come into contact with diseased tissues or infectious microorganisms. Also referred to as infectious waste which is hazardous waste with infectious characteristics, including: contaminated animal waste, human blood and blood products, pathological waste, and discarded sharps (needles, scalpels, or broken medical instruments).
Any solid waste which is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals, but does not include any hazardous waste.
Untreated medical waste regulated under the Medical Waste Management Act that is not defined as solid waste and cannot be disposed at Board-permitted landfills (see Health and Safety Code section 117600 et seq.). Treated medical waste that is deemed to be solid waste may be disposed at Board-permitted solid waste facilities. For diversion rate measurement purposes, the host jurisdiction of a regional medical waste treatment facility that produces treated medical waste may subtract that tonnage from report-year disposal. Also, please see the Department of Health Services medical waste Web pages.
infectious agents such as human pathological wastes, human blood and blood products, used or unused sharps (syringes, needles, and blades), certain animal waste, and certain isolation waste. rorated: Fees are proportionately assessed. i.e. if the load weighs 2 1/2 tons, the charge would be 2 1/2 times the per ton tipping fee.
Any solid waste generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals, excluding hazardous waste identified or listed under 40 CFR Part 261 or any household waste as defined in 40 CFR Sub-section 261.4 (b)(1).
Medical waste, also known as clinical waste, refers to biological products which are essentially useless. Disposal of this waste is an environmental concern, as many medical wastes are classified as infectious or biohazardous and can spread infectious disease. Examples of infectious waste include blood, potentially contaminated "sharps" such as needles and scalpels, and flesh.