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Biomedical Waste

Environmental Health Services

Biomedical Waste Facilities include hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, laboratories, funeral homes, dentists, veterinarians, physicians, transporters, and storage and treatment facilities.
 
Any facility that generates, stores, or treats any form of biomedical waste in Brevard County is required to obtain the appropriate Biomedical Waste Permit or an Exemption Certificate from the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County Environmental Health Services prior to operation. If a facility generates 25 pounds of biomedical waste or more in any 30 day period, it does not qualify for exemption. It is important to note that holding a Biomedical Waste Exemption Certificate does not exempt a facility from the requirements of state rule, only exempts that facility from paying the annual fee and decreases the inspection frequency of that facility. Facilities that do not produce 25 pounds of biomedical waste in any 30 day period may apply for exemption providing appropriate documentation is submitted with the application. Documentation must include the amount of waste generated in each 30 day period for the previous 12 months and may be in the form of a monthly log or receipts only. A letter from a transport company is not considered appropriate documentation. A fee totaling $95.00 ($85.00 state rule designated/$10.00 county fee resolution) must accompany the application in order to be processed unless applying for exemption. The permit year runs from October 1 to September 30. With the exception of facilities possessing an Exemption Certificate, the $95.00 annual fee must be paid prior to the expiration of the current permit or a $20.00 late fee will be assessed.

Facilities that transport biomedical waste must obtain a permit through the Florida Department of Health; those facilities located in Brevard County shall be permitted through Florida Department of Health in Brevard County Environmental Health Services prior to operation. The initial/annual transporter registration fee is $85.00 which includes 1 truck. Additional trucks are $10.00 each. The permit year for biomedical waste transporters also runs from October 1 to September 30. The annual fee must be paid prior to the expiration of the current permit or a $20.00 late fee will be assessed.

Environmental Health Services conducts annual inspections of all permitted biomedical waste facilities and triennial inspections of facilities which possess an Exemption Certificate for compliance with state rule. EHS also responds to complaints regarding spills or illegal dumping of biomedical waste.

The Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department has a Household Used Sharps Disposal Program available to citizens of Brevard County to safely dispose of any household generated sharps. Please contact 321-633-2042 for more information.

For more information on biomedical waste in the State of Florida, please visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/biomedical-waste/index.html.

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