What Are the Laws Defining Regulated Medical Waste?

Medical waste is defined in Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 326, §326.3(23)[25][26] and explained further in 25 TAC, Part 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter K, §1.132[27][28].

  • The term “medical waste” includes treated and untreated special waste from health care-related facilities that is comprised of animal waste, bulk blood, bulk human blood, bulk human body fluids, microbiological waste, pathological waste, and sharps from the sources specified in 25 TAC §1.134[29] [30]) , as well as “regulated medical waste” (defined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 173, §173.134(a)A5)[31][32]).
  • The term does not include medical waste produced on a farm or ranch (as defined in 34 TAC, Chapter 3, §3.296(f)[33][34]), nor does the term include artificial, nonhuman materials removed from a patient and requested by the patient, including, but not limited to, orthopedic devices and breast implants.
  • Health care-related facilities do not include single or multi-family dwellings, and hotels, motels, or other establishments that provide lodging and related services for the public.
  • Medical wastes that have been treated may be managed as routine municipal solid waste, with some exceptions.
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