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 http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB225.

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