CHA News Article

Governor Signs CHA-Sponsored Bill on Medical Waste Management

Gov. Brown has signed SB 225 (Wieckowski, D-Fremont), a bill sponsored by CHA to clarify and streamline requirements of the Medical Waste Management Act. The bill took effect immediately upon signature by the Governor on Sept. 28. The bill:

  • Clarifies the definition of biohazard bag.
  • Requires a hazardous waste transporter of medical waste to maintain a tracking document, as specified, for the purpose of tracking medical waste from the point when the waste leaves the generator facility until the waste receives final treatment.
  • Requires the tracking document to be maintained only by hazardous waste transporters, and not by generators transporting waste.
  • Revises the container labeling requirements for specified medical wastes from “HIGH HEAT OR INCINERATION ONLY” TO “HIGH HEAT” or “INCINERATION ONLY.”

Details about the new law can be found at