Infectious Waste

Ohio EPA regulates the generation and treatment of infectious waste, as authorized by Chapter 3734 of the Ohio Revised Code. Businesses generating more than fifty (50) pounds of infectious waste in any calendar month are required to register with Ohio EPA and, among other requirements, ensure all infectious waste is treated prior to ultimate disposal.  Approved treatment technologies may be used onsite, or infectious wastes may be sent to a commercial treatment facility.

Ohio’s infectious waste regulations contain approved treatment methods.  Most commonly, autoclave and incineration technologies are used to treat infectious waste prior to disposal.  Additional approved treatment methods include chemical treatment utilizing a sodium hypochlorite solution (bleach) for stocks and cultures; applied heat encapsulation for sharps; and chemical treatment utilizing peracetic acid and grinding.  A business may submit a request for site-specific or statewide approval of an alternative treatment technology.

Transportation of infectious waste (hazardous material) is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).  For more information regarding the transportation of infectious waste, please contact PUCO by telephone at (800) 686-PUCO (7826).

For more information about Ohio’s Infectious Waste Program, please see the menu below.

March 31, 2021 Regulatory Relief for Immunization Associated Infectious Waste Registration 

Ohio EPA is receiving inquiries regarding the obligation to register as an infectious waste generator.  Health care providers and public health officials that generated little infectious waste before providing COVID-19 vaccinations are asking if they will be required to follow current rule and register if they generate fifty pounds or more of infectious wastes in a single month with the addition of the vaccination wastes. During this pandemic emergency, Ohio EPA will not require infectious waste registration of those generators whose status changed due solely to providing vaccination services.  

All generators must continue to ensure proper management of all infectious wastes generated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio EPA expects that all infectious wastes will be managed appropriately, and that no vaccine associated infectious wastes will be left at non-medical facilities.  

Please contact the appropriate Division of Materials and Waste Management district office or Central Office Infectious Waste Unit staff for questions.  
 

Don't Forget!  

Infectious waste generator registration certificates expire every three years. Please check your registration certificate to ensure that the registration is current. In addition, any time the contact information changes or additional premises are added or deleted, the generator is responsible for updating their certificate by submitting an infectious waste generator registration form with "amendment" checked as the application type.
 

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Shockley, Alison Manager (614) 728-5335
Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez Environmental Specialist 3,  Infectious Waste, Composting (614) 728-5336
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Nichols, Greg  Assistance with Applications for Generator Registration (614) 728-5327
     
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