In most states, the EPA is responsible for developing and enforcing regulations for medical waste management. But in some, the Department of Health is involved (e.g., Missouri and Oklahoma) or might even be the primary enforcer (e.g., Colorado)
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Americans generate about 254 million tons of solid waste, or about 4.4 pounds per person according to the US EPA. By contrast, US hospitals generate approximately 6 million tons annually. While a majority of medical waste can be classified as...
Medical waste management entails so many rules and protocols you must follow, and under that umbrella, hospital waste management is certainly no exception. There are numerous hospital-specific regulations you must follow in order to be fully in compliance with your facility, state, and federal rules.