|Biomedical Waste Disposal
objective of the biomedical waste program is to protect health care
workers, environmental-service staff, waste haulers, and the general
public from risks associated with potentially infectious biomedical
Both the Department of Health and the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection have responsibilities
under this program. The Department of Environmental Protection has
primary responsibility for biomedical waste incineration and final
disposal. The Department of Health has primary authority and
responsibility for facilities that generate, transport, store, or
treat biomedical waste through processes other than incineration.
The Health Department in Lee County issues permits and inspects all
biomedical waste generators, storage and transporters in Lee,
Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.
When biomedical waste is improperly managed, it places health
care workers, sanitation workers, and the general public at risk for
contracting dangerous diseases.
Chapter 64E-16, Florida Administrative Code, requires facilities
that either generate, transport or store biomedical waste ensure
proper management of that waste. A
model biomedical waste operating plan is available to assist
facilities in documenting their procedures for management of
biomedical waste. Many facilities have their biomedical waste
removed by a
registered biomedical waste transporter. Watch the
"Management of Biomedical Waste in Florida"
video on YouTube.
Complaints concerning biomedical waste are investigated by the
Health Department in Lee County . Small amounts of improperly disposed
biomedical waste are cleaned up under Department of Health
supervision. Emergency situations are referred to the Department of
Environmental Protection, Bureau of Emergency Response, at (850)
To apply for the permit, complete and return the
Application for Biomedical Waste Generator Permit/Exemption Department of Health
form DH4089 to the Health Department in Lee County along
with the required $150.00 annual fee($85.00 state fee, plus $65.00
Lee county fee).
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