Packaging and Transportation Requirements for Regulated Medical Waste



Transportation, U.S. Department of Federal
Regulated medical waste (RMW) is solid waste generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of animals or human beings. Examples of RMW include but are not limited to cultures or stocks of infectious agents, human or animal blood or blood products, human waste from surgery, and all waste from patients with communicable diseases. Proper packaging, labeling and transportation of RMW is mandated by federal and state regulations. These regulations are managed by the US Department of Transportation. Violations could lead to severe fines and penalties.

Packaging and labeling of RMW is the responsibility of the business that generates medical waste. All waste must be packaged in authorized red bags or appropriate containers. The surface of the bags or containers should be clearly marked “bio-medical waste” or “bio-hazardous waste”. The container, bag or box must bear the facility name, address, telephone number, and name of contact person. Proper packaging is the responsibility of the facility generating regulated medical waste. Businesses are also responsible for training employees in the safe handling, transport, and disposal of regulated medical waste. Training must be completed every 3 years.

Contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the US Department of Transportation for more information.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Division of Materials Management
Bureau of Permitting and Planning
625 Broadway, 9th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-7253
Phone: (518) 402-8792
Fax: (518) 402-9034

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (202) 366-4000

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