Medical Waste Regulatory Program

Agency: Environmental Quality

The Solid Waste Section of the Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division (WMRPD), within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) registers facilities that generate, store, decontaminate, or incinerate medical waste.

A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL:

Registration as a Medical Waste Producing Facility

B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY:

Part 138, Medical Waste, Public Health Code, Public Act 368 of 1978, as amended

C. APPLICABLE REGULATION:

Michigan Administrative Code, Rules Administered by MDEQ, WMRPD

Medical Waste (R 325.1541 – R 325.1549)

D. SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS:

Registration required for any facility that generates, stores, decontaminates, or incinerates medical waste on a regular basis as part of their daily activity. This would include transporters who store medical waste before delivering to a destination facility. The five categories of medical waste that are regulated under this program are:

  • Cultures and stocks of infectious agents and associated biologicals, including laboratory waste, biological production wastes, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, culture dishes, and related devices.
  • Liquid human and animal waste, including blood and blood products and body fluids, but not including urine or materials stained with blood or body fluids.
  • Pathological waste.
  • Sharps.
  • Contaminated wastes from animals that have been exposed to agents infectious to humans, these being primarily research animals.

Facilities such as factories, small businesses, hotels, and athletic clubs that provide sharps containers for collection of needles generated by employees or patrons due to treatment of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are not typically regulated.

E. SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS:

1.  Applicability (activities that require the permit)

Registration required for any facility that generates, stores, decontaminates, or incinerates medical waste on a regular basis as part of their daily activity. This would include transporters who store medical waste before delivering to a destination facility. The five categories of medical waste that are regulated under this program are:

  • Cultures and stocks of infectious agents and associated biologicals, including laboratory waste, biological production wastes, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, culture dishes, and related devices.
  • Liquid human and animal waste, including blood and blood products and body fluids, but not including urine or materials stained with blood or body fluids.
  • Pathological waste.
  • Sharps.
  • Contaminated wastes from animals that have been exposed to agents infectious to humans, these being primarily research animals.

Facilities such as factories, small businesses, hotels, and athletic clubs that provide sharps containers for collection of needles generated by employees or patrons due to treatment of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are not typically regulated under this program. However, OSHA standards may apply.

2.  Pre-Application Requirements

Not applicable

3.  Application Submission Requirements

Each applicant must register on a form prescribed by the department providing facility name, address, phone number, county name, and a contact name and title. The facility must also designate the type of facility (e.g., private practice, office, or hospital) as noted on the form.

4.  Procedures and Time-Frame for Obtaining Permit or Approval

The initial registration application (EQP 1700-2) or the renewal application (EQP 1700) is submitted to the MDEQ with the appropriate fee listed on the application or confirmation of fee payment by credit card. The form is also electronically available on the program Web site. The application is reviewed by MDEQ staff for completeness and accuracy and, if acceptable, a certificate of registration is issued. Processing time is 14 – 28 days. Once a facility is registered, a renewal application will be mailed by the MDEQ to the facility approximately one month prior to the expiration date of their current certificate.

5.  Operational Requirements

Registered facilities must prepare and maintain on file a written medical waste management plan that contains information required in Section 13817 of the Medical Waste Regulatory Act (MWRA) within 90 days of registering. All medical waste must be stored, decontaminated, and/or incinerated in accordance with the regulations established by the MWRA.

6.  Fees

Registration fees are as follows:

  • $50: Private practice office with fewer than four licensees who are physicians, dentists, podiatrists, certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, or veterinarians employed by, under contract to, or working at the producing facility
  • $80: Private practice office with four or more licensees
  • $75: All health facilities, agencies, hospitals with less than 150 licensed beds, or any other producing facility that is not a health facility or agency
  • $150: Hospitals with 150 licensed beds or more or a clinical laboratory
7.  Appeal Process

Administrative hearing pursuant to 1969 PA 306, as amended, being 24.201 et seq. of the Michigan Compiled Laws

8.  Public Input Opportunities

This program registers facilities that generate, store, decontaminate, or incinerate medical waste. Complaints or comments related to a facility may be filed with the MDEQ at any time. More complex facilities (e.g. medical waste treatment facilities) would also be required to obtain air emission permits from the MDEQ's Air Quality Division, which have formal public input processes.

F.  ADMINISTERING AGENCY:

Solid Waste Section, Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7741

 

April 2017