Oklahoma Biohazard Waste Regulations
A a small quantity regulated medical waste generator is defined as a generator that generates less than sixty (60) pounds of regulated medical waste per month from one physical location.
Oklahoma’s medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Hospitals are also subject to regulation by The Oklahoma State Department of Health. The complete detailed disposal requirements are outlined in Title 252 Department of Environmental Quality Chapter 515: Management of Solid Waste
In addition to the state medical waste environmental regulations there are some Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules that apply to medical/infectious waste. Oklahoma is one of 26 states covered entirely by the federal OSHA program. 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.