Stay safe around infectious waste.
Infectious waste from medical offices and clinics includes:
- Sharps (needles with syringes, scalpel blades, glass slides).
- Cultures and stocks of infectious agents (blood specimen tubes, culture plates).
- Blood, blood saturated gauze or bandages.
- Pathological waste.
Contact with these materials can cause disease.
What do we do?
- Develop regulations for safe management of waste in Pierce County.
- We inspect businesses that generate infectious waste.
- Our staff works with businesses to keep the public and environment safe.
What must businesses do?
Businesses that create, transport or dispose infectious waste must get a permit. To get a permit, your business must apply and pass an inspection.
- Review the Guidelines on Infectious Waste Disposal in Pierce County.
- Complete and submit an Infectious Waste Management Application.
- Complete and submit an Infectious Waste Management Plan, Policy, and Procedures.
- Pay the annual permit fee.
After we receive your application and payment, we will schedule an inspection of your business.
How do I dispose needles and syringes?
See our brochures in the language you want. Contact us if you need this information in another format.
What are the regulations?
- Environmental Health Code, Chapter 6—Local infectious waste regulations.
- Environmental Health Code, Chapter 1—General provisions, including appeals process of orders and decisions of the Health Officer.
Contact Infectious Waste at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Troy Rowan at (253) 798-6429 for more information.