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New Amendments to Medical Waste Management Act Explained in Thursday Webinar
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Significant new amendments — effective Jan. 1, 2015 — were made to the Medical Waste Management Act by AB 333 (Statutes of 2014). CHA will hold a webinar in conjunction with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on March 19 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. to explain the impact of those changes on the daily operations of hospitals and their handling and disposal of medical waste.

Webinar topics include CDPH and local enforcement agency inspections; new requirements for labeling, bagging and shipping forms; changes to the Medical Waste Management Plan; common violations; penalties for non-compliance; and Department of Transportation and CDPH regulations for medical haulers. The program is recommended for all staff in charge of medical waste at hospitals. For more information and to register, visit

In addition, CDPH will hold a series of stakeholder and technical advisory meetings — beginning March 25 in San Jose — to gather input on the interaction of federal and state law for the transport of regulated medical waste.

CDPH Stakeholder Meetings on Medical Waste Haulers

 Ten meetings have been scheduled throughout California beginning March 25 in San Jose. CDPH will use the information gathered at the meetings to inform a report that must be submitted, according to AB 333, to the Legislature by Jan. 2, 2016. All individuals responsible for medical waste management at hospitals are encouraged to attend at least one of the sessions. For a complete list of meeting dates and locations, visit

For additional information on the CDPH meetings, contact Shannon George of the CDPH Medical Waste Management Program at (916) 449-5590.