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Safety Advisory: Packaging and Handling Ebola Virus Contaminated Infectious Waste for Transportation to Disposal Sites

Safety Advisory: Packaging and Handling Ebola Virus Contaminated Infectious Waste for Transportation to Disposal Sites

Announcements from regulatory agencies of the US Government in the Federal Register can have a profound impact on your business.  Therefore it’s important for you to continuously monitor Federal Register publications for announcements applicable to your operations.  I can help you to do this.

Sometimes an announcement in the Federal Register calls for a more thorough explanation than just what is conveyed by the headline.  That is the point of this article.  Here I will briefly summarize, and provide access to more information, on a specific Federal Register announcement:  Safety Advisory: Packaging and Handling Ebola Virus Contaminated Infectious Waste for Transportation to Disposal Sites

What agency is making the announcement?

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), one of many administrations within the US Department of Transportation.

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When was this announced in the Federal Register?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Any other dates I need to know?

No

What type of action is this?

Safety Advisory Notice

What regulations may be impacted?

The entire HMR.

How is the announcement identified?

Safety Advisory: Packaging and Handling Ebola Virus Contaminated Infectious Waste for Transportation to Disposal Sites Pages 64646 – 64647 [FR DOC # 2014-25778]

I don’t have all day.  Can you sum it up for me and I’ll determine if I need to read the whole thing?

It’s a short announcement, a total of three columns on two pages of the Federal Register.  For the most part, it states the obvious:  “Material contaminated or suspected of being contaminated with Ebola is regulated as a Category A infectious substance under the HMR” and must be packaged accordingly.  And, “Ebola contaminated materials that have been appropriately incinerated, autoclaved, or otherwise inactivated are not considered Category A infectious substance and are not subject to the requirements of the HMR.”

It refers to the Government Employee Exemption of the HMR, which means that the transportation of Ebola-contaminated materials  for disposal in a motor vehicle, aircraft, or vessel operated by a Federal, state, or local government employee is not subject to the HMR.  However, PHMSA recommends compliance with appropriate safety requirements in the HMR when government employees transport Ebola-contaminated materials for disposal.

A special permit may be necessary to provide for a variance from the HMR packaging requirements in order to transport the large volume of contaminated wastes generated during treatment of Ebola patients.  One special permit in particular is mentioned: Special Permit DOT-SP 16279.  It is a non-site specific special permit issued to certain waste haulers authorizing the transportation for disposal of Ebola-contaminated waste.  A waste hauler not yet authorized to use Special Permit DOT-SP 16279 may apply for party status.

What I believe is the greatest contribution of this PHMSA Safety Advisory is the sources of additional information it provides:

Where can I look for more information?

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