Indiana Biohazard Waste Regulations
Indiana’s medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The complete detailed disposal requirements are outlined in IC 16-41-16 Communicable Disease: Treatment of Infectious Waste .
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. Indiana is one of 21 states operating an approved occupational safety and health program. This program is operated by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Division. OSHA rules (Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standards) impact various aspects of medical/infectious waste, including management of sharps, requirements for containers that hold or store medical/infectious waste, labeling of medical/infectious waste bags/containers, and employee training.