NEIE offers education and training on managing your Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) and Sharps. We can provide instructional materials and training to ensure compliance with current federal and state regulations.
Our staff is only a phone call away to answer your questions. We are also available for one-on-one training or a group training sessions. If you would like to schedule a session or have one of our representatives attend your next staff meeting, please complete the contact form or call our office.
What is Regulated Medical Waste?
Regulated Medical Waste is any item contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) that could release Bloodborne pathogens or biohazards and potentially infect humans if mishandled. The collection, packaging, transportation, storage, and disposal methods for this waste is regulated by OSHA, the DOT, EPA, and different agencies in each state.
The following are examples of Regulated Medical Waste:
- A fluid blood or blood product or any item contaminated with blood
- A culture of an agent infectious to humans
- A hypodermic syringe NOT contaminated with hazardous waste
- Waste generated from the treatment or immunization of animals or humans
- Waste generated by research involving live or attenuated pathogenic organisms
- Sharps (needles, syringes, blades, broken lab glass, microscope slides, tubes, wire, suture sets, or staples contaminated with Biohazardous materials)
What is NOT Regulated Medical Waste?
The following are not considered Regulated Medical Waste. Follow the appropriate federal and state guidelines to dispose of the following appropriately:
- Regular waste – Waste not contaminated with blood or OPIM
- Special waste – Radioactive materials, paint or paint related waste, asbestos, compressed gas cylinders and aerosols, empty containers, metal, photographic chemicals, waste oil and antifreeze, and used batteries
- Hazardous waste – Reactive, corrosive, ignitable, oxidizing, or toxic waste
- Chemotherapy waste – Supplies used to administer chemotherapy medication
- Pharmaceuticals – Residual medications, prescriptions, and narcotics