The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ, formerly Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission) requires records to be kept of any waste treated on-site including date of treatment, amount of waste, method of treatment and name and initials of persons performing the treatment. A copy of the form that will be used for this purpose is found on page 3 of this document. For generators that generate more than 50 pounds of waste per calendar month, TCEQ requires a written procedure for the operation and testing of any equipment or chemicals used to treat waste.
Records must be maintained for 3 years and must be available for review at any time by TCEQ inspectors.
Biological (or special) waste has been identified by the Texas Board of Health as waste which requires special handling to protect human health or the environment. It is further defined as a solid waste which if improperly treated or handled may serve to transmit an infectious disease(s). Biological waste is regulated by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) and the Texas Department of Health (TDH). This waste is comprised of the following:
Microbiological waste includes:
Note: In vitro tissue cultures that have not been intentionally exposed to pathogens are exempt from these regulations.
Animal waste includes:
Human blood and blood products include:
Pathological waste includes but is not limited to:
Sharps include but are not limited to the following, regardless of contamination:
Sharps include but are not limited to the following, when contaminated:
Contaminated is defined as the presence or the reasonably anticipated presence of blood, body fluids, or other infectious materials.