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Infectious Waste

Attention: Infectious Waste Generators, Transporters and Treatment Facilities

A Notice of Proposed Regulation for Regulation 61-105, Infectious Waste Management, was published in the State Register on September 23, 2016.

Staff Information Forum
Friday, October 21, 2016
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Peeples Auditorium
S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC

Click here for a Summary of the Proposed Revisions (pdf)

You will be able to make comments on the proposed regulations through October 24, 2016. You may submit comments on this webpage or by mail.

If you have questions, please contact the Infectious Waste Management Program at (803) 898-0499 or infectiouswaste@dhec.sc.gov.

In South Carolina, there are approximately 7000 registered generators of infectious waste, 17 registered transporters of infectious waste, and 1 registered treatment facility for infectious waste.

The 2016 Infectious Waste Annual Report (pdf) contains the most recent estimates of the types and amounts of infectious waste generated in South Carolina.
Also see the EPA profile of the Healthcare Industry for information on infectious waste nationwide.

What is Infectious Waste?

Also known as medical or biohazardous waste, infectious waste is material that was used in a healthcare setting, research setting or post-mortem exams. It includes:

  • Sharps
  • Microbiological specimens such as vaccines, culture dishes and other other waste that has been exposed to human pathogenic agents
  • Blood and blood products
  • Pathological waste, which includes body fluids and any part removed from a human body
  • Contaminated animal waste, including parts, bodies and bedding of animals exposed to human pathogens
  • Isolation waste from Biosafety Level 4 agents
  • Other waste designated as infectious or that has come in contact with infectious waste.

DHEC's Infectious Waste Program regulates treatment facilities and generators and transporters of infectious waste in South Carolina under the S.C. Infectious Waste Management Regulations, R. 61-105, passed on June 28, 1991, and most recently revised June 25, 2010.

Related Topics:

Infectious Waste Permits and Compliance