Medical Waste Management
The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH), Hazardous Materials Division (HMD) issues permits and inspects facilities that handle or store hazardous materials, generate hazardous waste, generate medical waste, and/or operate underground storage tanks. Starting January 1, 2013 all Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) regulated businesses are required by law (Assembly Bill 2286) to submit business information electronically through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS). This includes information related to your Unified Program Facility Permit (UPFP) required for the generation of medical wastes.
IMPORTANT. Please Read: Changes in the law, AB333 might affect your facility and medical waste management.
Medical waste temporary events registration can now be completed through the Citizen Access Portal. For detailed instructions on how to register your event, please refer to the Medical Waste Temporary Events Registration Guidance Presentation.
ATTENTION: All new and existing business owners or operators requiring a Unified Program Facility Permit will need to request access to their CERS facility information. To gain access please complete, sign, and submit the CERS Access/I.D. Request Form to the HMD-Permit Desk by e-mail .
The video below will help existing medical waste facilities through this process:
|Medical Waste Management Plan|
The Medical Waste Management Plan is a document that includes the medical wastes you generate at your facility and how they are managed.
Disposal documentation: Review of documentation for disposal of medical wastes, uniform hazardous waste manifests and receipts documenting proper disposal of hazardous waste. If your facility generates photographic waste, the inspector will review your management practices for this waste stream.
Onsite treatment documentation: For facilities that treat medical waste onsite, records reviewed will include:
Limited Quantity Hauling Exemption: Please be advised, as of January 1, 2015, this document is no longer required. If you are a small or large quantity generator of medical waste, please refer to the CDPH Medical Waste Generators website for additional information.
Please refer to the Medical waste container labeling guidance for additional information on labeling requirements.