The purpose and goal of the Biological Waste Program is to ensure that biological waste is handled in a safe, secure manner, and is disposed of properly. In order to achieve this goal, the University will comply with state rules and regulations regarding biomedical waste as outlined in Chapter 64E-16, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The Biological Waste Program establishes a convenient and economical policy for the disposal of biological waste for the University.
Waste disposal requires well-defined procedures to prevent exposure to pathogens. Improper disposal of biohazardous waste puts everyone at risk as well as jeopardizes the University's waste permits.
In order to prevent unwanted exposure, each Principal Investigator (PI), supervisor, technician and student must be familiar with current waste disposal procedures for biohazardous materials as well as for chemical and radioactive materials.
The Biological Waste Program must be accessible to all. Department representatives, laboratory personnel, PI's, and or supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all employees are trained and familiar with the Biological Waste Program and that all laboratory procedures conform to these requirements.
Biomedical waste generators are required to have a biomedical waste generator permit from the Leon County Health Department. The Biological Safety Officer (BSO) applies for and maintains permits for all sites on campus. The BSO also maintains a file for exempt sites on campus that generates less than 25 lbs. in a 30-day time period. All permits are displayed at waste generation sites.
Enforcement and Penalities
Anyone in violation of Chapter 64E-16 F.A.C., who interferes with, hinders, or opposes any employee in the discharge of his duties, is chargeable with a misdemeanor of the second degree.
If any violation occurs, the Department of Health may deny, suspend, or revoke any biomedical waste permit and/or impose an administrative fine up to $2500/day.