|(a) A licensed hospital may function as a medical waste
collection and transfer facility and may accept untreated medical
waste from generators that generate less than 50 pounds of untreated
medical waste per month and that transport their own waste if:
(1) the hospital is located in an incorporated area
with a population of less than 25,000 and in a county with a population
of less than one million; or
(2) the hospital is located in an unincorporated area
that is not within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a city with
a population of more than 25,000 or within a county with a population
of more than one million.
(b) The hospital shall provide written notification
to the executive director of the operation as a medical waste collection
station. The hospital's notice shall acknowledge the following:
(1) Waste delivered to a medical waste collection station
must be packaged in accordance with the provisions of §§326.17,
326.19, and 326.21 of this title (relating to Identification; Packaging;
and Labeling Containers Excluding Sharps, respectively) by the generator.
(2) For putrescible or biohazardous untreated medical
waste, maintaining a temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit or less
during pre-collection storage is optional. Such medical waste stored
for longer than 72 hours during post-collection storage period shall
be maintained at a temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit or less.
(3) The storage of medical waste shall be in a secure
manner and location that affords protection from theft, vandalism,
inadvertent human or animal exposure, rain, water, and wind. The waste
shall be managed so as not to create a nuisance.
(4) Medical waste must be released only to a registered
medical waste transporter. A list of the waste collected at the medical
waste collection station including the identity of the generator of
medical waste must be provided to the transporter.
(5) Waste collected at a medical waste collection station
may not be treated at the facility unless it is authorized as a treatment