TITLE 35: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
SUBTITLE M: BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS
CHAPTER I: POLLUTION CONTROL BOARD
SUBCHAPTER b: POTENTIALLY INFECTIOUS MEDICAL WASTES
PART 1421 ACTIVITY STANDARDS
SECTION 1421.121 STANDARDS AND CRITERIA
Section 1421.121 Standards and Criteria
a) PIMW, except for oversized PIMW, must be placed in a container, or a combination of containers. Such container must be:
3) impervious to moisture;
4) of a strength sufficient to prevent tearing or bursting under normal conditions of use and handling; and
5) sealed to prevent leakage during transport. (Section 56.1(b)(2)(A))
b) Sharps, unless rendered unrecognizable pursuant to 35 Ill. Adm. Code 1422.126(a), must be packaged in a container, or a combination of containers, that is puncture-resistant and meets the requirements of subsection (a) of this Section.
c) Oversized PIMW must be covered or packaged in a manner that minimizes contact with transport workers and the public. Sharps must not be packaged with oversized PIMW in the same container.
d) If the outside of a container is contaminated by PIMW, a person shall place the container inside another container, or clean and disinfect the container in accordance with 35 Ill. Adm. Code 1420.107 of this Subtitle. In either case, the container or combination of containers must meet applicable requirements of subsections (a) or (b) of this Section.
e) Once a reusable container has been cleaned and disinfected in accordance with 35 Ill. Adm. Code 1420.107 of this Subtitle, it can be used for only waste. If a reusable container is not or cannot be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with Section 1420.107 of this Subtitle, it must be regulated as PIMW pursuant to this Subtitle.
f) Residues from cleaning a PIMW container, or discharges from PIMW packages, are regulated under this Subtitle, except when discharged directly into a sanitary or combined sewer in accordance with 35 Ill. Adm. Code Subtitle C.
BOARD NOTE: Interested persons should note that discharges to sewer systems can also be regulated by units of local government.