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Regulated Waste - OSHA Definition

What is the definition of "regulated waste?"

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Per OSHA, The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard uses the term, "regulated waste," to refer to the following categories of waste:  
  • liquid or semi-liquid blood or other potentially infectious materials 
  • contaminated items that would release blood or other potentially infectious materials in a liquid or semi-liquid state if compressed 
  • items that are caked with dried blood or other potentially infectious materials and are capable of releasing these materials during handling 
  • contaminated sharps 
  • and pathological and microbiological wastes containing blood or other potentially infectious materials.  
Organizations should also check with their state regulatory agencies as some states have additional items which is considered regulated waste or regulated medical waste.   
Reference EC.02.02.01 
Last updated on March 19, 2021
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: Environment of Care EC

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