Minnesota Biohazard Waste Regulations
Minnesota’s medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The complete detailed disposal requirements are outlined in Infectious Waste Management Rules (MR 7035.9100 – 7035.9150) and Infectious Waste Control Act ( 116.76-116.82) . The Pollution Control Agency website operates a health care industry section that can be found here .
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. Minnesota is one of 21 states operating an approved occupational safety and health program. This program is operated by the Minnesota OSHA. 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.