Texas Biohazard Waste Regulations
Texas’s medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. Texas has designed comprehensive regulations that track medical waste from generation to disposal. The complete detailed disposal requirements are outlined in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 330, Subchapter Y . An overview of medical waste information can be found on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s website.
In addition to the state medical waste environmental regulations there are some Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules that apply to medical/infectious waste. Alabama 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.