A Notice of Proposed Regulation for Regulation 61-105, Infectious Waste Management, was published in the State Register on September 23, 2016. The comment period ended on October 24, 2016. The Department received significant comments and therefore, the Public Hearing that was scheduled before the DHEC Board on December 8 is postponed and is currently planned for the March 2017 Board Meeting. A notice will be published in the State Register 30 days in advance of the new hearing date.
If you have questions, please contact the Infectious Waste Management Program at (803) 898-0499 or email@example.com.
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.
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:
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.