Medical Waste Storage & Containers 101

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Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) (Secondary Container)

18 Gallon RMW n.o.s. Class 6.2 UN3291 P.G.II


In compliance with the California Health and Safety Code Sections 17600 - 118360 "Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) Section 118280 (c). Containers may be of any color and shall be labeled with the words “Biohazardous Waste” or with the international biohazard symbol and the word “BIOHAZARD” on the lid and sides so as to be visible from any lateral direction. Containers shall comply with United States Department of Transportation requirements when prepared for transport offsite from the facility. 18 Gallon Medical Waste Container

  • Meets all D.O.T. Regulations
  • Stackable, Easy to Handle
  • Hot-Stamp (SDMEDWASTE.COM)
  • Dimension 19″W x 19″D x 16″H
  • Durable Design, Resistant to Leaks and Punctures
  • Nesting Bins and Lids
  • Snap Fit Lid
  • Injection Molded Handles for Manual Handling
  • Made of high density polyethylene




28 Gallon RMW n.o.s. Class 6.2 UN3291 P.G.II


In compliance with the California Health and Safety Code Sections 17600 - 118360 "Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) Section 118280 (c). Containers may be of any color and shall be labeled with the words “Biohazardous Waste” or with the international biohazard symbol and the word “BIOHAZARD” on the lid and sides so as to be visible from any lateral direction. Containers shall comply with United States Department of Transportation requirements when prepared for transport offsite from the facility.

  • Meets all D.O.T. Regulations 28 Gallon RMW Container
  • Stackable, Easy to Handle
  • Hot-Stamp (SDMEDWASTE.COM)
  • Dimension 19″W x 19″D x 23″H
  • Durable Design, Resistant to Leaks and Punctures
  • Nesting Bins and Lids
  • Snap Fit Lid
  • Injection Molded Handles for Manual Handling
  • Made of high density polyethylene




38 Gallon RMW n.o.s. Class 6.2 UN3291 P.G.II


In compliance with the California Health and Safety Code Sections 17600 - 118360 "Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) Section 118280 (c). Containers may be of any color and shall be labeled with the words “Biohazardous Waste” or with the international biohazard symbol and the word “BIOHAZARD” on the lid and sides so as to be visible from any lateral direction. Containers shall comply with United States Department of Transportation requirements when prepared for transport offsite from the facility.

  • Meets all D.O.T. Regulations 38 Gallon Medical Waste Container
  • Stackable, Easy to Handle
  • Hot-Stamp (SDMEDWASTE.COM)
  • Dimension 19″W x 19″D x 33″H
  • Durable Design, Resistant to Leaks and Punctures
  • Nesting Bins and Lids
  • Snap Fit Lid
  • Injection Molded Handles for Manual Handling
  • Made of high density polyethylene





Sharps Waste (Primary Container)

1 Gallon Sharps Waste Container


In compliance with the California Health and Safety Code Sections 17600 - 118360 "Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) Section. 117750 - Sharps Container (a) “Sharps container” means a rigid puncture-resistant container used in patient care or research activities meeting the standards of, and receiving approval from, the United States Food and Drug Administration as a medical device used for the collection of discarded medical needles or other sharps. (b) Sharps containers, including those used to containerize trace chemotherapeutic wastes, shall not be lined with a plastic bag or inner liner. 1 Gallon Sharps Container

  • These containers are designed for use in restricted access areas
  • Nestable containers save space and help reduce shipping costs
  • Non-tortuous lid design accommodates a variety of sharps sizes
  • Containers lock for final disposal and safe transport
  • Brackets available to mount containers to wall and free up counter space




2 Gallon Sharps Waste Container


In compliance with the California Health and Safety Code Sections 17600 - 118360 "Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) Section. 117750 - Sharps Container (a) “Sharps container” means a rigid puncture-resistant container used in patient care or research activities meeting the standards of, and receiving approval from, the United States Food and Drug Administration as a medical device used for the collection of discarded medical needles or other sharps. (b) Sharps containers, including those used to containerize trace chemotherapeutic wastes, shall not be lined with a plastic bag or inner liner. 2 Gallon Sharps Container

  • These containers are designed for use in restricted access areas
  • Nestable containers save space and help reduce shipping costs
  • Non-tortuous lid design accommodates a variety of sharps sizes
  • Containers lock for final disposal and safe transport
  • Brackets available to mount containers to wall and free up counter space




5 Quart Sharps Waste Container


In compliance with the California Health and Safety Code Sections 17600 - 118360 "Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) Section. 117750 - Sharps Container (a) “Sharps container” means a rigid puncture-resistant container used in patient care or research activities meeting the standards of, and receiving approval from, the United States Food and Drug Administration as a medical device used for the collection of discarded medical needles or other sharps. (b) Sharps containers, including those used to containerize trace chemotherapeutic wastes, shall not be lined with a plastic bag or inner liner. 5 Quart Sharps Container

  • These containers are designed for use in restricted access areas
  • Nestable containers save space and help reduce shipping costs
  • Non-tortuous lid design accommodates a variety of sharps sizes
  • Containers lock for final disposal and safe transport
  • Brackets available to mount containers to wall and free up counter space
*** Optional 5Qt Sharps Container Wall Mount 5 Quart Sharps Container Wall Mount




3 Gallon Sharps Waste Container


In compliance with the California Health and Safety Code Sections 17600 - 118360 "Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) Section. 117750 - Sharps Container (a) “Sharps container” means a rigid puncture-resistant container used in patient care or research activities meeting the standards of, and receiving approval from, the United States Food and Drug Administration as a medical device used for the collection of discarded medical needles or other sharps. (b) Sharps containers, including those used to containerize trace chemotherapeutic wastes, shall not be lined with a plastic bag or inner liner. 3 Gallon Sharps Container

  • These containers are designed for use in restricted access areas
  • Nestable containers save space and help reduce shipping costs
  • Non-tortuous lid design accommodates a variety of sharps sizes
  • Containers lock for final disposal and safe transport
  • Brackets available to mount containers to wall and free up counter space




8 Gallon Sharps Waste Container


In compliance with the California Health and Safety Code Sections 17600 - 118360 "Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) Section. 117750 - Sharps Container (a) “Sharps container” means a rigid puncture-resistant container used in patient care or research activities meeting the standards of, and receiving approval from, the United States Food and Drug Administration as a medical device used for the collection of discarded medical needles or other sharps. (b) Sharps containers, including those used to containerize trace chemotherapeutic wastes, shall not be lined with a plastic bag or inner liner. 8 Gallon Sharps Container

  • These containers are designed for use in restricted access areas
  • Nestable containers save space and help reduce shipping costs
  • Non-tortuous lid design accommodates a variety of sharps sizes
  • Containers lock for final disposal and safe transport
  • Brackets available to mount containers to wall and free up counter space





Pharmaceutical Waste (Primary Container)

2 Gallon Pharmaceutical Waste Container


Pharmaceutical Leak-Resistant Waste Container, 2 gal. 2 Gallon Rx Disposal Container

  • Easily distinguished from sharps, chemo and other disposal containers
  • Helps contain liquid contents and deter tampering during final disposal
  • Excellent impact- and leak-resistance to contain heavy vials, IV bags, liquids and more
  • Accepts larger, bulkier waste and can be closed temporarily between uses before being locked for final disposal
  • Allow for point-of-use placement and one-handed disposal, increasing mobility, stability, and security




8 Gallon Pharmaceutical Waste Container


Pharmaceutical Leak-Resistant Waste Container, 8 gal. 8 Gallon Rx Disposal Container

  • Easily distinguished from sharps, chemo and other disposal containers
  • Helps contain liquid contents and deter tampering during final disposal
  • Excellent impact- and leak-resistance to contain heavy vials, IV bags, liquids and more
  • Accepts larger, bulkier waste and can be closed temporarily between uses before being locked for final disposal
  • Allow for point-of-use placement and one-handed disposal, increasing mobility, stability, and security




18 Gallon Pharmaceutical Waste Container


Pharmaceutical Leak-Resistant Waste Container, 18 gal. 18 Gallon Rx Disposal Container

  • Easily distinguished from sharps, chemo and other disposal containers
  • Helps contain liquid contents and deter tampering during final disposal
  • Excellent impact- and leak-resistance to contain heavy vials, IV bags, liquids and more
  • Accepts larger, bulkier waste and can be closed temporarily between uses before being locked for final disposal
  • Allow for point-of-use placement and one-handed disposal, increasing mobility, stability, and security





Labeling/Signage

Biohazard Stickers Signs 4" X 4"


  • Each square sticker measures 4" x 4"​
  • Waterproof
  • Black “BIOHAZARD” in capital letters and the fluorescent universal icon for biohazard provides high contrast and visibility.
  • Permanent adhesive that sticks well to most surfaces. Keep a consistent message on all your containers, hallways, lockboxes, and points of contact
  • Labeling of infectious waste, blood tests, urine tests, biopsies, and tissue samples is essential for the safety of your patients, volunteers, and paid staff
Perfect for proper labeling of waste that was generated in patient rooms!




Sharps Labels


Medical waste is governed by the California Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) and ​​San Diego County Ordinance. The medical waste container labeling, San Diego County Ordinance SEC. 68.1205, was enacted in 1989 as a response to medical wastes that were washed ashore on area beaches and were found dumped in County landfills. Medical waste must be accumulated, stored and transferred in containers that meet the requirements specified in the MWMA. Primary containers accumulating medical wastes, with the exception of bench top red bags used to collect non-breakable pipette tips, must be labeled with generator’s name, address and phone number per the San Diego County Code.




Biohazard Caution Sign


Designated Medical Waste Accumulation Area's shall have warning signs in English and Spanish and be visible during daylight hours from at least 25 feet.

  • “CAUTION-BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE STORAGE AREA-UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS ​​KEEP OUT”
  • “CUIDADO-ZONA DE RESIDUOS-BIOLOGICOS PELIGROSOS-PROHIBIDA LA ENTRADA A PERSONAS NO AUTORIZADAS”​ ​




RMW Container Lid Instruction Decals


Many generators are confused as to what goes inside of the RMW containers. This decal has been added to the lid of each RMW container helping generators understand what does and does not go inside of the container for employee safety.





Operations

Unaccompanied Access Waste Collections (UAWC)


Instructions for setting a combo on San Diego Medical Waste Lock Box Instructions for setting a combo on San Diego Medical Waste Lock Box




Off-Cycle Service Request


The requested "off-cycle" service will be done on the soonest day that San Diego Medical Waste can safely do it. This "Off-Cycle" service does not constitute a re organization of your current service schedule and will be charged as a "normal service". Off-cycle service requests may be made by calling 619-990-4604, emailing service@sdmedwaste.com or by filling out an off-cycle service request form.





Chemotherapy Waste (Primary Container)

2 Gallon Chemotherapy Waste Container


sdmedwaste.com 2 gallon Chemo Container Leak-Resistant Chemotherapy Waste Container, 2 gal.

  • Easily distinguished from sharps, chemo and other disposal containers
  • Helps contain liquid contents and deter tampering during final disposal
  • Excellent impact- and leak-resistance to contain heavy vials, IV bags, liquids and more
  • Accepts larger, bulkier waste and can be closed temporarily between uses before being locked for final disposal
  • Allow for point-of-use placement and one-handed disposal, increasing mobility, stability, and security




8 Gallon Chemotherapy Waste Container


Leak-Resistant Chemotherapy Waste Container, 8 gal.

  • Easily distinguished from sharps, chemo and other disposal containers
  • Helps contain liquid contents and deter tampering during final disposal
  • Excellent impact- and leak-resistance to contain heavy vials, IV bags, liquids and more
  • Accepts larger, bulkier waste and can be closed temporarily between uses before being locked for final disposal
  • Allow for point-of-use placement and one-handed disposal, increasing mobility, stability, and security





Biohazard Waste (Primary Container)

Containment and Storage in a Patient Room


In accordance with the MWMA section 118280 - Containment and Storage To containerize biohazard bags, a person shall do all of the following:

  • Medical waste may be placed into a biohazard bag not to exceed three pounds or one gallon
  • Tied, as required, in a patient room and shall be immediately transported upon completion of the procedure directly from the point of generation and placed into a Regulated Medical Waste RMW Container





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