ORS 459.386¹
Definitions for ORS 459.386 to 459.405

As used in ORS 459.386 (Definitions for ORS 459.386 to 459.405) to 459.405 (Transport of infectious waste):

(1) "Biological waste" includes blood and blood products, excretions, exudates, secretions, suctionings and other body fluids that cannot be directly discarded into a municipal sewer system, and waste materials saturated with blood or body fluids, but does not include diapers soiled with urine or feces.

(2) "Cultures and stocks" includes etiologic agents and associated biologicals, including specimen cultures and dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate and mix cultures, wastes from production of biologicals, and serums and discarded live and attenuated vaccines. "Cultures and stocks" does not include throat and urine cultures.

(3) "Disposal" means the final placement of treated infectious waste in a disposal site operating under a permit issued by a state or federal agency.

(4) "Infectious waste" includes biological waste, cultures and stocks, pathological waste and sharps.

(5)(a) "Pathological waste" includes:

(A) Biopsy materials and all human tissues;

(B) Anatomical parts that emanate from surgeries, autopsies and obstetrical and laboratory procedures; and

(C) Animal carcasses exposed to pathogens in research and the bedding and other waste from such animals.

(b) "Pathological waste" does not include teeth or formaldehyde or other preservative agents.

(6) "Sharps" includes needles, IV tubing with needles attached, scalpel blades, lancets, glass tubes that could be broken during handling and syringes that have been removed from their original sterile containers.

(7) "Storage" means the temporary containment of infectious waste in a manner that does not constitute treatment or disposal of such waste.

(8) "Transportation" means the movement of infectious waste from the point of generation over a public highway to any intermediate point or to the point of final treatment.

(9) "Treatment" means incineration, sterilization or other method, technique or process approved by the Department of Human Services that changes the character or composition of any infectious waste so as to render the waste noninfectious. [1989 c.763 §3; 1993 c.560 §46; 2005 c.22 §331]

Chapter 459

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Power of depart­ment to regulate mining activities or recovery of oil and geothermal resources, (1972) Vol 35, p 1100; authority of Environ­mental Quality Commission and Depart­ment of Environ­mental Quality to regulate disposi­tion of food processing byproducts determined to be solid waste, (1979) Vol 39, p 770

Law Review Cita­tions

16 WLR 459 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 459—Solid Waste Management, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors459.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 459, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­459ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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