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COMPLIANCE PROCEDURE FOR 6NYCRR PART 364
Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) as defined under Part 360 and 364 includes any medical solid waste that is generated “in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biological…”
Other types of RMW include:
Glass – Includes, decommissioned lab ware, test tubes, culture tubes, microscope slides, cover slips, Pasteur, other glass pipettes and anything else made of glass that could reasonably be construed as used in a laboratory with infectious material. Collect in a burn bin. When reasonably full, place in a red autoclavable bag, seal the bag and tag it as above.
Plastics – Includes Petri dishes, culture vessels, culture tubes, test tubes, gloves, pipette tips, weigh boats, beakers, flasks, pipettes (5,10,25,50 ml), spectrophotometer cuvettes, syringes without needles and anything else made of plastic polymer that could reasonably be construed as used in a laboratory.
Sharps – Includes needles, razor blades, scalpel blades, scalpels, microscope slides and cover slips. Please note: there are two acceptable locations for microscope slides and cover slips (sharps container or burn bin). Be sure that the laboratory of origin is clearly identified on the container. Yellow sharps containers can be used for non-infectious sharps.
Blood Spill Clean-Up Kits- These are pre-packaged kits used by the janitorial department for cleaning up small amounts of blood. All the contents are put in the included “Red Bag” for disposal.
1. Packaging and Storage
All bags used for containment and disposal of RMW shall be red in color. All college generated RMW, except for sharps, shall be contained in red bags clearly labeled as “BIOHAZARD” or with the universal warning sign, which are impervious to moisture and have sufficient strength to resist ripping, tearing or bursting under normal conditions of usage and handling. These red bags shall be secured so as to prevent leakage during storage, handling or transport. Enclosed in each red bag shall be two floatable identification tags. Each department generating RMW shall designate adequate storage space to store their RMW until the scheduled pick up date by the Bioserve waste disposal company.
a. Containment of regulated medical waste shall be in a manner and location which affords protection from the environment and limits exposure to the public.
b. Maintain the regulated waste in a nonputrescent state, using refrigeration when necessary.
c. Store the regulated waste in a manner that affords protection from animals and does not provide a breeding place or a food source for insects and rodents.
a. The outermost surface of the containment system will be marked with a water-resistant identification tag containing College Name, Address, Identification of Waste and Date of Shipment.
b. Inner containers, including red bags, sharps and fluid containers, will be marked with two floatable indelible ink tags containing College Name and Address.
3. Collections and Transportation
Sharps containers from the students should be brought to the Infirmary for collection.
The Environmental Health and Safety Department will regulate the holding area in the basement of Hudson in room OBCL03. This area will include a secure holding container for the waste bearing the proper labeling for biohazard. There will also be a freezer in this building for storage of waste that may require protection from deterioration.
Two copies of Medical Waste Tracking form 47-14-10 will be required for transportation pickup. One copy will stay with the transporter. The other will be forwarded to the Environmental Health and Safety Office for recording. These manifest records will remain on file for three years. Each manifest will contain quantity by weight. Bioserve, the contracted RMW transporter, will weigh and record each container presented for disposal.
RMW is picked up and disposed of by Bioserve Pickups are scheduled for the Student Health Center and in Hudson Main every two weeks. The athletic training room in the Fieldhouse is emptied as needed. The pickup schedule is attached and can be modified to accommodate the needs of the campus. Contact Environmental Health and Safety with any questions or concerns.
Disposal of Regulated Medical Waste
Special red containers must be used for the storage and disposal of RMW. They are two types: (1) red bags; and (2) red fiberboard or rigid plastic containers, as explained below. All containers must be leakproof, and must be labeled as “BIOHAZARD” or with the universal warning sign.
For more information, visit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Regulated Medical Waste Division
Environmental Health and Safety Department Point of Contact
Cathleen Eldridge, Associate Director
Office: Sibley Hall 421
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Cathleen Eldridge, Director
Office: Sibley Hall 421