Alaska Biohazard Waste Regulations


Highlighted Requirements

The municipality of Anchorage has its own medical waste disposal policies

Overview

Alaska’s medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The state’s solid waste regulations state that medical waste shall be managed in a way that prevents the spread of disease. The owner or operator of a permitted municipal solid waste landfill facility or industrial solid waste monofill may accept medical waste that has been treated according to the manufacturer’s instructions: In an autoclave, by a decontamination process other than an autoclave, or in a medical waste incinerator. The municipality of Anchorage has its own medical waste management policy (pdf) .

OSHA Regulations

In addition to the state medical waste environmental regulations there are some Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules that apply to medical/infectious waste. Alaska is one of 21 states operating an approved occupational safety and health program. This program is operated by the Division of Labor Standards and Safety.

Contact Information

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

907-269-7644

website

OSHA (state)

(800) 656-4972

Website

 

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