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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 20. Virginia Waste Management Board
Chapter 120. Regulated Medical Waste Management Regulations

9VAC20-120-210. Packaging prior to storage, treatment or transport.

All regulated medical waste shall be packaged as follows:

1. When regulated medical wastes are discarded, they shall be placed in containers meeting the requirements of the standards for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the general industry standard in 16VAC25-90-1910.1030. The general industry standard requires the packaging to be closable, constructed to prevent leakage, labeled with the biohazard symbol, and closed to prevent spillage during handling. Upon being placed in storage, red bags shall be used for the packaging of all regulated medical waste except as provided in subdivision 2 of this section. Packaging shall be labeled as provided for in 9VAC20-120-220.

2. Contaminated sharps shall be placed directly in containers as required by the general industry standards in 16VAC25-90-1910.1030. The containers shall be labeled as provided for in 9VAC20-120-220.

3. As bags and containers become full, they shall be sealed such that no waste materials can leak.

4. Prior to transporting regulated medical waste, waste will be packaged for transportation in accordance with the standards of 49 CFR Part 173 or packaged in accordance with an exemption approved by the United States Department of Transportation.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-40-01:1 § 4.6, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. June 19, 2002.

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