Iowa Biohazard Waste Regulations
Iowa’s medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Solid Waste. More information can be found on the Iowa DNR website solid waste section .
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. Iowa is one of 21 states operating an approved occupational safety and health program. This program is operated by the Labor Services Division. The Labor Services Division is responsible for about a dozen programs designed to protect the safety, health and economic security of all Iowans. Their programs protect people who ride on elevators, escalators and amusement rides. They protect anyone who enters a building with an asbestos abatement project or a public building with a boiler. They protect employees from dangers in the workplace and protect employees’ rights to be paid wages. They protect Iowa’s children from dangers in workplaces and enhance their educational experiences. The Division enforces safety in the workplace, provides consultation to employers on occupational safety health compliance and maintains statistical information of workers’ illness and injuries.