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Medical Waste Management

Alameda County Department of Environmental Health (DEH), the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) for the California Department of Public Health CDPH), is responsible for implementing the Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) Health and Safety Code 117600-118360.

Alameda County DEH ensures the protection of the public health and the environment from potentially infectious causing agents through the implementation and enforcement of medical waste regulations that apply to the handling, storage, treatment and disposal of medical wastes.

This program regulates generators of medical waste such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and doctor, dentist and veterinarian offices. DEH inspects medical waste facilities with on-site medical waste treatment units and common storage areas.

For information on whether your business requires a permit as a medical waste generator of if you have questions about the MWMA, please contact us at (510) 567-6790.


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