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10/6/2022

Article 3. Packaging and Labeling Requirements for Regulated Medical Waste

9VAC20-120-200. Responsibility for packaging and labeling.

Article 3
Packaging and Labeling Requirements for Regulated Medical Waste

A. The generator of regulated medical waste is responsible for the packaging and labeling of regulated medical wastes. As a bag or container becomes full, it must be sealed, labeled and managed as described in this chapter. Contractors or other agents may provide services to the generator, including packaging and labeling of regulated medical waste, however, no contract or other relationship shall relieve the generator of the responsibility for packaging and labeling the regulated medical waste as required by this chapter.

B. No person shall receive for transportation, storage or treatment any regulated medical waste that is not packaged and labeled in accordance with this chapter. Contractors or other agents may package or repackage regulated medical wastes to comply with this chapter, if the packaging or repackaging is performed on-site where the regulated medical waste was generated and no transportation, storage, treatment or disposal occurs prior to the packaging or repackaging. Nothing in this section shall prevent the proper repackaging and further transportation of regulated medical waste that has spilled during transportation.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-40-01:1 § 4.5, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. June 19, 2002.

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.

9VAC20-120-220. Labeling requirements.

Waste packaged under subdivisions 1 or 2 of 9VAC20-120-210 shall be labeled. The label shall be securely attached to or printed on packaging. The label may be a tag securely affixed to the package. Indelible ink shall be used to complete the information on the label. The label and the information provided on the label must be clearly legible. The following information shall be included:

1. The name, address and business telephone number of the generator.

2. "Regulated Medical Waste" in large print.

3. The Biological Hazard Symbol.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-40-01:1 § 4.7, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. June 19, 2002.

9VAC20-120-230. Etiological agents.

All etiological agents, as defined in 49 CFR Parts 171 through 178, that are transported must be packaged and labeled as described in 49 CFR Parts 171 through 178.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-40-01:1 § 4.8, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, June 19, 2002.

9VAC20-120-240. Sharps.

Sharps must be placed directly into puncture resistant containers as required by the general industry standards in 16VAC25-90-1910.1030(d)(4)(iii)(A).

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-40-01:1 § 4.9, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. June 19, 2002.

9VAC20-120-250. Protection of packagers.

Persons packaging regulated medical waste shall wear appropriate items of personal protective equipment.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-40-01:1 § 4.10, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. June 19, 2002.

9VAC20-120-260. Special requirements for reusable containers.

Regulated medical waste may be conveyed in reusable carts or containers under the following conditions:

1. The waste in the cart or container is packaged and labeled fully in accordance with 9VAC20-120-210 through 9VAC20-120-240.

2. Immediately following each time a reusable cart or container is emptied and prior to being reused it is thoroughly cleaned with detergent or general purpose disinfectant.

3. When reusable carts or containers containing regulated medical waste are used for off-site transport, all aspects of the cart or container management shall comply with federal Department of Transportation Hazardous Material Regulations 49 CFR Parts 171 to 178, as applicable.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1402 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR672-40-01:1 § 4.11, eff. June 29, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 18, eff. June 19, 2002.

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