or rinsed in the location of use. These, too, need to be color-coded. According to the
Federal Register, warning labels and signs shall be affixed to containers of regulated
waste, refrigerators, and freezers containing blood and other potentially regulated
medical waste material, and other containers used to store, transport, or ship blood or
their potentially regulated medical waste materials. The warning labels and signs are to
be affixed as close as feasible to the container by string, wire, adhesive, or other
method that prevents their loss or unintentional removal. Signs, denoting the regulated
medical waste or hazardous waste being used or tested, shall be posted at the entrance
to work areas to designate that it is a Research Laboratory and Production Facility.
(4) The plastic, non-leakable, color-coded bags are to be tightly sealed or
tied with rubber bands, plastic ties, or tape before being transported from the generating
(5) The containers are to be clearly labeled to indicate that they contain
regulated medical waste consisting of sharps and are to be designed that once inserted,
they cannot be removed. The containers will be safeguarded (locked in place or under
supervision) to prevent access by unauthorized personnel or misuse.
(6) When full, these sharp containers will be sealed. They will be transported
separately or placed in larger regulated medical waste containers and transported along
the same route as other regulated medical waste and incinerated, autoclaved, or
destroyed by another approved method. The sharps must be rendered unusable. If
transported off-post, their manifest will follow the same procedure as for regulated
(7) Regulated medical waste is to be collected at regular intervals by the
trained staff or by trained contractor personnel.
(8) If it is necessary to store pathological waste, the sealed bag or container
is to be refrigerated until it is transferred for treatment.
c. Transportation of Regulated Medical Waste Within the MTF.
(1) Regulated medical waste is to be transported with the original sealed
plastic bags in carts, if available, for easier hauling.
(2) Carts used to transport regulated medical waste should be of a kind that
can be easily cleaned.
(3) Routes used for transporting the waste will be carefully selected to
minimize congestion and exposure.