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Medical Waste Management

 

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The regulations governing  medical waste disposal are found in the Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA). Medical waste is defined as biohazardous, pathology, pharmaceutical, trace chemotherapy, or sharps waste that is generated or produced as a result of the:

  • diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals in a health care setting
  • research pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals
  • production or testing of microbiologicals
  • research using human or animal pathogens
  • the accumulation of properly contained home-generated sharps waste
  • the removal of trauma-scene wastes

Disposal of Medical Waste

NEW! MEDICAL WASTE MANAGMENT TRAINING*

  • Disposal locations
    • S&E 1: Room 144 (cage in loading dock)
    • S&E 2: Main floor cage on opposite wall from the freight elevator
    • Castle: Caged area in the rear parking lot
  • Dry Waste? Liquid Waste? Sharps?
    • View/print the medical waste disposal guidelines table HERE
    • When sealing the dry waste bag, use tape to "gooseneck" the bag (see images below)
  • Waste labeling must include the name of your PI and lab location
    • Request waste labels specific to your lab by emailing biosafety@ucmerced.edu and include the PI's name, building and lab room number

Photo Credit: MERI Inc.

* Training Photos Credit