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Infectious Waste

Attention: Infectious Waste Generators, Transporters and Treatment Facilities

On September 23, 2016, DHEC published a Notice of Proposed Regulation in the State Register to amend Regulation 61-105, Infectious Waste Management Regulations.  Due to the complexity of issues raised by public comments received, the Department has canceled the March 9, 2017 public hearing for the proposed amendments and is now terminating the proposal.  The Department will consider the comments that have been  received in proposing revised amendments to R.61-105, which will begin shortly with issuance of a new Notice of Drafting and, ultimately, Notice of Proposed Regulation.  This will provide the public with additional opportunities to review and provide input for proposed amendments incorporating consideration of the previously received comments.

If you have questions, please contact the Infectious Waste Management Program at (803) 898-0499 or

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