Setting-up a medical waste accumulation site

Setting-up a medical waste accumulation site

Contact the Biological Safety Office ( early in the planning of a medical waste accumulation site.

The California Medical Waste Management Act requires that medical waste accumulation sites be secured by locks on entry doors, gates or on waste container lids to prevent unauthorized entry.  The Medical Waste Management Act also requires signs (in English and Spanish) that state the hazard in that area be posted to warn unauthorized persons to keep out.  You can visit the California Medical Waste Management Act or use the template above for the exact wording required in the Medical Waste Management Act.

Options for medical waste pickup service include:

  • Stericycle.  The University has a contract with Stericycle for medical waste and animal carcass disposal.  Ask your department's business office for assistance in setting up an account with Stericycle.  Please ask your business office to contact C.J. Caudle, ( of Materiel Management, to be added onto the campus agreement with Stericycle.
  • EH&S Hazardous Waste (for sharps waste).  Request a sharps waste pickup.

Related: Tips regarding medical waste