Managing Regulated Medical Waste

New York State Department of Health's (DOH), Wadsworth Center and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) jointly administer New York State's RMW Program.

The Regulated Medical Waste Program has oversight for proper storage, treatment and disposal of medical waste produced by hospitals, residential health care facilities, diagnostic and treatment centers (see section 2801 of the Public Health Law) and clinical laboratories (see section 571 of the Public Health Law).

The DEC has oversight authority for all storage, treatment and destruction processes located on-site of facilities not under DOH jurisdiction (unless such facility is considered a commercial operation), for off-site transport of RMW, for all generators, tracking, responding to illegal disposal incidents, and for all off-site storage, transfer, treatment and disposal facilities.