The 1993 Florida Legislature provided funding for the Biomedical Waste
Program, from the Solid Waste Management Trust Fund. Additional funding is provided through the annual permitting of facilities that
generate at least 25 pounds of biomedical waste in any 30-day period. These
permitted facilities are inspected annually.
Facilities which generate biomedical waste (hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, laboratories, funeral homes,
dentists, veterinarians and
physicians) are some of the facilities that may require an annual operating
permit. Facilities that produce
less than 25 pounds of biomedical waste in each 30-day period and can
document this for a minimum of one year can apply for an exemption from
permitting and fee requirements, and are inspected every three years.
These facilities must still meet the other requirements found in Chapter
64E-16, Florida Administrative Code.
Both the Department of Health and the 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.
Part of the Biomedical Waste Program is the Body
Piercing Program, which is regulated through the county Health Departments.
For more information on this program, contact the Alachua County Health Department at (352)
334-7930 or write to:
c/o Alachua County Health Department
224 SE 24th Street
Gainesville FL 32641
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