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RULE §1.132Definitions

    (A) internally shredded waste to moist heat, assisted by microwave radiation under those conditions which effect disinfection; or

    (B) unshredded waste in sealed containers to moist heat, assisted by low-frequency radiowaves under those conditions which effect disinfection, followed by shredding of the waste to the extent that the identity of the waste is unrecognizable.

  (40) Niche--A recess or space in a columbarium used, or intended to be used, for the permanent interment of the cremated remains of pathological waste.

  (41) Parametric controls--Measurable standards of equipment operation appropriate to the treatment equipment including, but not limited to pressure, cycle time, temperature, irradiation dosage, pH, chemical concentrations, or feed rates.

  (42) Pathological waste--Pathological waste excludes embryonic and fetal tissue remains. Pathological waste includes but is not limited to:

    (A) human materials removed during surgery, labor and delivery, autopsy, embalming, or biopsy, including:

      (i) body parts;

      (ii) tissues;

      (iii) organs; and

      (iv) bulk blood and body fluids;

    (B) laboratory specimens of blood and tissue after completion of laboratory examination; and

    (C) anatomical remains.

  (43) Saturated--Thoroughly wet such that liquid or fluid flows freely from an item or surface without compression.

  (44) Sharps--Sharps include, but are not limited to the following materials:

    (A) when contaminated:

      (i) hypodermic needles;

      (ii) hypodermic syringes with attached needles;

      (iii) scalpel blades;

      (iv) razor blades, disposable razors, and disposable scissors used in surgery, labor and delivery, or other medical procedures;

      (v) intravenous stylets and rigid introducers (e.g., J wires);

      (vi) glass pasteur pipettes, glass pipettes, specimen tubes, blood culture bottles, and microscope slides;

      (vii) broken glass from laboratories; and

      (viii) tattoo needles, acupuncture needles, and electrolysis needles;

    (B) regardless of contamination:

      (i) hypodermic needles; and

      (ii) hypodermic syringes with attached needles.

  (45) Shredding--That physical process which cuts, slices, or tears materials into small pieces.

  (46) Special waste from health care-related facilities--A solid waste which if improperly treated or handled may serve to transmit an infectious disease(s) and which is comprised of the following:

    (A) animal waste;

    (B) bulk blood, bulk human blood products, and bulk human body fluids;

    (C) microbiological waste;

    (D) pathological waste; and

    (E) sharps.

  (47) Steam disinfection--The act of subjecting waste to steam under pressure under those conditions which effect disinfection. This was previously called steam sterilization.

  (48) Thermal inactivation--The act of subjecting waste to dry heat under those conditions which effect disinfection.

  (49) Unrecognizable--The original appearance of the waste item has been altered such that neither the waste nor its source can be identified.

Source Note: The provisions of this §1.132 adopted to be effective April 4, 1989, 14 TexReg 1457; amended to be effective November 21, 1991, 16 TexReg 6482; amended to be effective December 21, 1994, 19 TexReg 9599; amended to be effective December 18, 2016, 41 TexReg 9709; amended to be effective May 24, 2018, 43 TexReg 3242

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