To protect the public and the environment from potentially infectious disease causing agents, the Medical Waste Management Program (MWMP), in the Environmental Management Branch, regulates the generation, handling, storage, treatment, and disposal of medical waste by providing oversight for the implementation of the Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA). The MWMP permits and inspects all medical waste offsite treatment facilities and medical waste transfer stations. In addition to the treatment methods specifically allowed in the MWMA, there are alternative medical waste treatment technologies approved for use in California.
Additionally, the MWMP acts as the local enforcement agency in a number of local jurisdictions that elected to have the State implement the large quantity generator inspection program for medical waste management.
By using an approved mail-back system, medical waste generators can dispose of their waste in an economical fashion. These systems offer mailers to assist in returning the waste to an appropriate medical waste treatment facility. There's more here.
Ebola Virus Disease Medical Waste Management - Interim Guidelines
This California Department of Public Health (CDPH) document provides both general guidance for Ebola medical waste management based on federal guidelines and standards as well as more specific guidance regarding packaging, labelling and treatment.
Reusable Container Systems
The process for handling reusable containers requires the containers to be taken to a permitted medical waste transfer station or offsite treatment facility for processing. Reusable containers can significantly reduce the medical waste stream and reduce storage and disposal costs. There's more here.
Small Quantity Generators
Click here for advice on frequency of medical waste pickups: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/medicalwaste/Pages/Generators.aspx
Click here for a chart on storage times and segregation for dental offices: Dental chart.pdf
Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention
The MWMP assists generators of medical waste in minimizing waste generation through training and facilitating implementation of the Hospital Pollution Prevention Program.
For More Information
Follow these links for additional MWMP information, and to contact MWMP: