The epas manual for infectious waste management identifies and categorizes other specific types of waste generated in health care facilities with research laboratories that also require handling precautions 1406 top of page 3 management of regulated medical waste in health care facilities. To protect the public and the environment from potentially infectious disease causing agents the medical waste management program program in the environmental management branch regulates the generation handling storage treatment and disposal of medical waste by providing oversight for the implementation of the medical waste management act mwma. Infectious waste from medical offices and clinics includes sharps needles with syringes scalpel blades glass slides cultures and stocks of infectious agents blood specimen tubes culture plates blood blood saturated gauze or bandages pathological waste what do we do develop regulations for safe waste management in pierce county. These guidelines developed by the council of state governments are intended to serve as a ready reference tool for all aspects of medical waste management by virtue of its definition guidelines are not mandatory and are therefore not enforceable through civil charges or fines. Definition of medical waste medical waste is any kind of waste that contains infectious material or material thats potentially infectious this definition includes waste generated by healthcare facilities like physicians offices hospitals dental practices laboratories medical research facilities and veterinary clinics
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