Inspect/regulate medical waste generators
The Medical Waste Program regulates generators of medical waste based on the Medical Waste Management Act. The program
inspects medical waste facilities, facilities with on-site medical waste treatment units, and common storage areas
annually. This program also investigates complaints regarding mishandling of medical waste and facilities that may be
operating without a valid health permit. Some facilities that may generate medical waste include hospitals, skilled
nursing facilities, blood banks, and doctors, dental and veterinarian offices.
If your facility generates 200 pounds or more of medical waste in any one month of a 12-month period, then it is a
large quantity generator (LQG) and must be registered with DEHS. If your facility treats medical waste on-site, then
you must obtain a permit from DEHS. As part of the application process, LQG are also required to submit a Medical Waste
Management Plan along with their application.
If your facility generates less than 200 pounds of medical waste per month and does not treat medical waste on-site,
then it is a small quantity generator (SQG). If several SQGs (who operate independently) use a medical waste accumulation
area to storage medical waste prior to collection by a registered hazardous waste hauler, then it is considered a common
storage facility and a health permit is required.
Home-generated sharps cannot be thrown in the trash. This includes disposable hypodermic needles, syringes, lancets, and other medical devices used for self-injection or blood tests, which may have a sharp tip or end. For properly disposal contact
the County Fire Department at 1-800-OILY CAT or