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In Illinois, medical waste is classified as “Potentially Infectious Medical Waste” (PIMW). Illinois’s medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

What is potentially infectious medical waste (PIMW)?

Potentially Infectious Medical Waste (PIMW) is waste generated in connection with:

Types of PIMW wastes are:

PIMW does NOT include:

Where does PIMW come from?

PIMW can be generated from activities conducted by hospitals, nursing homes, veterinary clinics, dental offices, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical laboratories, university and research facilities, etc.

Generators being a doctor’s office, hospital or other facility that generates medical waste or (PIMW) must separate the PIMW into the following groups:

In Illinois, the segregated PIMW should be packaged in containers that are:

In addition to the above requirements, the sharps containers must also be puncture-resistant. Oversized PIMW must be covered or packaged so that contact with transport workers and the public is minimized. Sharps may not be packaged with oversized PIMW.

PIMW packages which can be accepted for storage/transfer must be labeled as follows:

The generator must mark on two opposite sides of the exterior of the PIMW package (on one side of oversized PIMW), in lettering that is readable at a minimum distance of five feet:

In addition, the generator must securely attach a water-resistant label or tag to each package and write in indelible ink:

The transporter must also affix a label to each package in the same manner:

When there is more than one transporter, each transporter must label each PIMW package in this manner. Tags must not obscure any previous information on the package.

Inner packages must be marked with the word ‘BIOHAZARD’, the word ‘SHARPS’ if they contain sharps, and the International Biohazard Symbol.

The purpose of this content is to provide some of the PIMW requirements in Illinois. These guidelines are for general reference and should not be taken as law, while effort has been taken to make sure the information presented here is correct, these laws are updated regularly, and you should always check with your local governments and EPA offices.

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Illinois About

Illinois’s eastern border with Indiana consists of a north–south line at 87° 31′ 30″ west longitude in Lake Michigan at the north, to the Wabash River in the south above Post Vincennes. The Wabash River continues as the eastern/southeastern border with Indiana until the Wabash enters the Ohio River. This marks the beginning of Illinois’s southern border with Kentucky, which runs along the northern shoreline of the Ohio River. Most of the western border with Missouri and Iowa is the Mississippi River; Kaskaskia is an exclave of Illinois, lying west of the Mississippi and reachable only from Missouri. The state’s northern border with Wisconsin is fixed at 42° 30′ north latitude. The northeastern border of Illinois lies in Lake Michigan, within which Illinois shares a water boundary with the state of Michigan, as well as Wisconsin and Indiana.

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Helpful Illinois Resources

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
1021 N Grand Ave E
Springfield, Illinois 62702
(217) 782-3397
Illinois Department of Transportation
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62764
(217) 782-7820
Illinois OSHA Chicago State Plan Office
160 N. LaSalle St., Suite C-1300
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 793-7308

Illinois Information

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes Regions of the United States. It has the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP), the sixth largest population, and the 25th largest land area of all U.S. states. Illinois has been noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in northeastern Illinois, small industrial cities and immense agricultural productivity in the north and center of the state, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. Chicagoland, Chicago’s metropolitan area, encompasses over 65% of the state’s population. The Port of Chicago connects the state to international ports via two main routes: from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway to the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics.

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