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Medical waste goes by many names — medical waste, regulated medical waste, biomedical waste, biological waste, infectious waste, infectious substances, or regulated waste. It is waste that may be contaminated with blood, body fluids, or other potentially infectious materials.
Medical waste is mostly generated at healthcare facilities such as hospitals, physicians' offices, dental offices, blood banks, veterinary clinics and hospitals, medical research facilities, and laboratories. Yet, waste generated in any workplace that falls under the Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard may also be regulated waste. Similarly, anyone shipping non-exempted infectious substances may come under DOT hazardous materials (hazmat) regulations.
Medical waste is regulated primarily at the state level. States may regulate medical waste as a solid waste, special waste, hazardous waste, or a combination of all three. However, note that:
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