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Biomedical Waste Management

Florida Department of Health in Manatee County


DOH-Manatee's office of Environmental Health ensures the proper management of biomedical waste by facilities that generate, store or transport it. This program is designed to protect the public from hepatitis, HIV and other blood-borne diseases. Environmental Health also manages the Sharps Disposal Program.

What is biomedical waste?

Sharps and absorbent items (like gauze, cotton and bandages) contaminated with blood or other regulated body fluids are considered to be biomedical waste.  Non-absorbent medical devices (like gloves, tubing and catheters) are also considered biomedical waste if contaminated. Any amount of visible blood or other regulated body fluids in or on these items means they are contaminated. All biomedical waste must be managed in accordance with Chapter 64E-16 of the Florida Administrative Code.

Program Coordinator: 
Barbara D Will, MPH 941-714-7585

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