Where can I find information regarding the handling of wastes associated with Coronavirus and COVID-19?
There are several other federal entities that provide information on the management of these wastes.
- The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates packaging and transport of materials under Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), and determinations made under the HMR in the context of transportation (e.g., the classification of wastes as Infectious Substances or Regulated Medical Waste under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations section 173.134 Class 6, Division 6.2) can affect waste management generally.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provide guidance on infectious substances, including guidance to healthcare professionals and waste management workers who are managing wastes potentially containing these materials. OSHA and CDC do not consider the COVID-19 virus as a DOT Category A Infectious Substance.
- These CDC and OSHA websites provide additional information on management of COVID-19 related wastes:
Medical waste is primarily regulated by state environmental and health departments. The Healthcare Environmental Resource Center provides a map that links to state regulated medical waste resources.
- Does RCRA regulate wastes that may contain the virus that causes COVID-19, such as used medical equipment or personal protective equipment?
- What information has EPA shared to provide the public, the regulated community and other government agencies with the most complete and up to date information on actions related to COVID-19?
- What requirements would apply to export or import of wastes associated with the novel Coronavirus or Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
- Because of the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and business issues, are generators being allowed more than 90 days to have waste removed because of contractor issues? If so, can you provide guidance?
- Where can I find information regarding the handling of wastes associated with Coronavirus and COVID-19?