(a)  Medical waste is subject to all applicable rules in 15A NCAC 13B.

(b)  At the generating facility, sharps shall be placed in a container which is rigid, leak‑proof when in an upright position and puncture‑resistant. Contained sharps shall not be compacted prior to off‑site transportation. After leaving the generating facility, the container and its contents shall be handled in a manner that avoids human contact with the sharps.

(c)  Blood and body fluids in individual containers of 20 ml or less which are not stored in a secured area restricted to authorized personnel prior to off‑site transportation shall be packaged in accordance with the regulated medical waste packaging requirements as described in Rule .1204(a)(1) of this Section or in a container suitable for sharps.  Containers of blood and body fluids which are packaged in accordance with Rule .1204(a)(1) of this Section or in a container suitable for sharps as required by this Rule shall not be compacted prior to off-site transportation.

(d)  Regulated medical waste shall not be compacted.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A‑309.26;

Eff. October 1, 1990;

Amended Eff. January 4, 1993; March 1, 1991.