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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 330MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE
SUBCHAPTER YMEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT
RULE §330.1207Generators of Medical Waste

(a) Health care-related facilities shall identify and segregate medical waste, as defined in §330.3 of this title (relating to Definitions), from ordinary rubbish and garbage produced within or by the facilities. Other municipal solid waste may be combined with medical waste or may be identified and segregated as a separate waste stream. Where medical waste and other municipal solid wastes are combined, the combined waste shall be considered to be medical waste.

(b) Requirements for shipment of untreated medical waste off-site are as follows.

  (1) Generators may transport their own untreated waste or shall release waste only to transporters who are registered with the executive director to transport untreated medical waste as required in §330.1211 of this title (relating to Transporters of Untreated Medical Waste).

  (2) Except for medical waste shipped via First Class or Priority Mail using the United States Postal Service, the generator shall obtain from the transporter a signed receipt for each shipment of medical waste.

  (3) The generator shall maintain a file of receipts for shipments of untreated medical waste for a period of three years following the date of shipment. This time period may be extended by the executive director for investigative purposes or in case of enforcement action.

  (4) The file of receipts for shipments of untreated medical waste shall be available for inspection by commission personnel during normal business hours without prior notice.

(c) Requirements for identification and packaging of untreated medical waste are as follows.

  (1) Medical waste, other than sharps, shall be placed in a plastic bag that meets the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials Standards (ASTM) Number D1709.01 and ASTM D1922.00a, or as otherwise required by the United States Department of Transportation under regulations set forth in 49 Code of Federal Regulations §171.7. If empty containers that held free liquids are placed into the bag, one cup of absorbent material for each six cubic feet, or fraction thereof, of bag volume must be placed in the bottom of the bag.

  (2) The bag containing medical waste shall be placed in a rigid container that is leak resistant, impervious to moisture, of sufficient strength to prevent tearing and bursting under normal conditions of use and handling, and sealed to prevent leakage or as otherwise required by the United States Department of Transportation under regulations set forth in 49 Code of Federal Regulations §173.134.

  (3) If the waste contains free liquids in containers, the plastic bag and/or the rigid container shall contain absorbent material sufficient to absorb 150% of the volume of free liquids placed in the bag.

  (4) The outer container shall be conspicuously marked with a warning legend that must appear in English and in Spanish, along with the international symbol for biohazardous material. The warning must appear on the sides of the container, twice in English and twice in Spanish. The wording of the warning legend shall be as follows: "CAUTION, contains medical waste which may be biohazardous" and "CAUCI N, contiene desechos medicos que pueden ser biopeligroso." The outer container shall also be labeled in accordance with 49 Code of Federal Regulations §173.134(c).

  (5) The generator shall affix to each container a label that contains the name and address of the generator, the weight and contents of the container, and either the date of shipment or an identification number for the shipment.

  (6) The transporter shall affix to each container a label that contains the name, address, telephone number, and state registration number of the transporter. This information may be printed on the container.

  (7) The printing on labels required in paragraphs (5) and (6) of this subsection shall be done in indelible ink with letters at least 0.5 inch in height. A single label may be used to satisfy the requirements of paragraphs (5) and (6) of this subsection. If a single label is used, the transporter shall insure the label is affixed to or printed on the container.

  (8) The requirements of paragraphs (5) and (6) of this subsection shall not apply to shipments where the United States Postal Service is the transporter.

  (9) Sharps must be placed in a marked, puncture-resistant rigid container designed for sharps. If the container is not leakproof as defined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations §173.24(f), the container must be placed in the plastic bag described in paragraph (1) of this subsection. The bag must then be placed in a rigid container as described in paragraph (2) of this subsection.

(d) The executive director may waive any or all of the requirements in this section if a situation exists that requires a waiver of such requirements in order to protect the public health and safety from the effects of a natural or man-made disaster.


Source Note: The provisions of this §330.1207 adopted to be effective March 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 2502

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