What is Regulated Medical Waste (RMW)?

  • Any waste perceived to contain materials that may be infectious to humans.
  • Human materials such as:
    • Blood,
    • Body fluids,
    • Tissues,
    • Organs,
    • Body parts.
  • Items contaminated with human materials.
  • Discarded materials such as cultures, stocks, specimens, or vaccines.
  • Discarded infectious agents.
  • Sharps (including needles, syringes, etc.)
  • Animal materials intentionally infected with pathogens or potentially infectious human materials.
    • Carcasses,
    • Body parts,
    • Bedding,
    • Waste contaminated by these materials.
  • Any contaminated materials used to clean up RMW, such as a spill.
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