The Regulations

 

Medical waste is handled according to the Medical Waste Management Act of California, California Health and Safety Code Sections 117600 - 118360, revised January 2017.
UC Santa Barbara has a Medical Waste Management Plan that conforms to federal and state regulations and University policies.The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) inspects UC Santa Barbara's medical waste program each spring.

Medical waste includes waste that is biohazardous or infectious to people. Biohazardous materials include infectious agents, samples or specimens known or suspected to be infectious, and human or primate primary cells, tissues or body fluids.
Medical waste includes biohazardous, sharps, pathology, and trace chemotherapy and pharmaceutical waste that is not regulated by the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976. 

Well characterized cells transduced with replication incompetent, infectious viral vectors are considered medical waste.
Such cells may be derogated as non-medical waste after two (2) passages and transfer to a new tissue culture flask. 

Medical versus Non-Medical Waste Practices

 

 

  MEDICAL / BIOHAZARDOUS / INFECTIOUS WASTE NON-MEDICAL, "BIOTECHNOLOGY" WASTE
Bag Color

Red

red biohazard bag

Clear/White

White Clear Bio hazard bag

 

Examples of Solid Waste

Primary human blood, serum, tissues

Cultures of pathogenic bacteria, e.g., Salmonella app.

Replication deficient viral vectors

 

Recombinant E. coli K12 used to subclone human proteins.

Chicken red blood cells

Well-characterized human cell lines that are negative for the most common bloodborne pathogens.

Recombinant tunicates

Recombinant fruit files

Recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae

 

Collection Container Requirements

 

Rigid, lidded, lined with a red autoclave bag, labeled with the biohazard symbol, and surface decontaminated once a week.

The color of the secondary container is not specified in the regulations. 

bio collection container

 

None

Bench Top Collection Container Requirements

 

bench top containers

 

None; wire racks okay
Storage Container Requirements

 

bio storage container

 

None
Storage Limit

 

No longer than 7days at room temperature

 

None
Requirements for Transportation to Autoclave

 

Dolly or cart, in a lidded, labeled secondary container

biohazard container cart

 

None
Labeling Requirements for Secondary Containers

 

Biohazard label visible from all sides and on the lid

 

None
Treatment Specifications

 

Documented run at a minimum temperature of 121℃, for at least 30 minutes in an autoclave permitted with CDPH;

Alternatively, contract with a licensed medical waste hauler for treatment and disposal.

 

Best practice: 121℃ for 30 minutes.

Any Autoclave

Signage for Solid Waste Accumulation Area

 

CAUTION
BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE
STORAGE AREA
UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS KEEP OUT 

CUIDADO
ZONA DE RESIDUOS BIOLOGICOS PELIGROSOS
PROHIBIDA LA ENTRADA A PERSONAS NO AUTORIZADAS

biohazard sign

 

None
Liquid Waste Treatment

 

Chemically deactivated with Autoclaved without bleach

 

 
Liquid Waste Retention Limit

 

7 days at room temperature

 

None
Liquid Waste Disposal Procedures

 

Deactivate and flush down the sink with an excess of water

 

 
Sharps

 

biohazard sharps container

 

Cover any label with a Hazardous Waste label and arrange for pick up by EH&S Hazardous Waste within 270 days of accumulation start date

biohazard waste label

Dispose of Autoclaved Solid Waste in the Lab Waste Lidded Toters

 

marborg hazard container 1

 

marborg hazard container 2

 

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Self-Inspection Checklist

 

 

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Waste Treatment

 

  • Liquid medical waste may be chemically deactivated with an EPA-registered, tuberculocidal disinfectant and then discharged to the sewer system with an excess of water
  • Solid medical waste is treated in an autoclave registered with CDPH at ≥ 121°C and 15 psi for at least 30 minutes or taken away for treatment by a licensed medical waste hauler. Autoclaved solid waste is disposed of in the red or brown-lidded wheeled lab waste toters. 
  • Biohazardous sharps are autoclaved and picked up by the EH&S Hazardous Waste Program
  • Trace chemotherapeutics and pharmaceuticals are sent out via the EH&S Hazardous Waste Program for incineration

 

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