Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-03-25-.04 - DEFINITIONS

Unless specifically defined in this chapter, the definitions from Chapter 1200-3-2 will apply:

(1) "Incinerator" means any device used in the process of controlled combustion of waste for the purpose of reducing the volume and minimizing the potential for harm to public health from the waste charged by destroying combustible matter leaving the noncombustible ashes or residue.
(2) "Infectious waste" means solid or liquid wastes which contain pathogens with sufficient virulence and quantity such that exposure to the waste by a susceptible host could result in an infectious disease. For purposes of this Rule, all of the following types of wastes shall be considered to be infectious wastes:
(a) Wastes contaminated by patients who are isolated due to communicable disease, as provided in the U.S. Centers for Disease Guidelines for Isolation Precautions in Hospital, (July, 1983).
(b) Cultures and stocks of infectious agents: including specimen cultures collected from medical and pathological laboratories, cultures and stocks of infectious agents from research and industrial laboratories, wastes from the production of biologicals, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, and culture dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate, and mix cultures.
(c) Waste human blood and blood products such as serum, plasma, and other blood components.
(d) Pathological wastes, such as tissues, organs, body parts, and body fluids that are removed during surgery and autopsy.
(e) All discarded sharps (e.g., hypodermic needles, syringes, pasteur pipettes, broken glass, scalpel blades) used in patient care or which have come into contact with infectious agents during use in medical, research, or industrial laboratories.
(f) Contaminated carcasses, body parts, and bedding of animals that were exposed to pathogens in research, in the production of biologicals, or in the in vivo testing of pharmaceuticals.
(g) Other wastes determined to be infectious by the facility.
(3) "In existence" means that the owner or operator has (1) begun, or caused to begin, a continuous program of physical on-site construction of the facility, or (2) entered into binding agreements or contractual obligations, which cannot be canceled or modified without substantial loss to the owner or operator, or to undertake a program of construction at the facility to be completed in a reasonable time, or (3) that the owner or operator possesses a valid operating permit.
(4) "Continuous program of physical on-site construction" means significant and continuous site preparation work such as major clearing or excavation followed by placement of footings, pilings, and other materials of construction, assembly, or installation of unique facilities or equipment at the site of the source.
(5) "Substantial loss" generally means a loss which would equal or exceed 10 percent of the total project cost.
(6) "Anti-neoplastic agents" means chemotherapy drugs or compounds used in the treatment of cancer. For the purpose of this rule containers or other items containing residues of anti-neoplastic agents shall not be considered anti-neoplastic agents.
(7) "Residues of anti-neoplastic agents" means the portion of compound that remains in a container or other item after all the compound has been removed using the practices commonly employed to remove materials from that type of container, e.g., pouring, pumping, and aspirating; and no more than 2.5 centimeters (one inch) of material remain on the bottom of the container or other item, or no more than 3 (three) percent by weight of the total capacity of the container remains in the container or other item.
(8) "Multiple-chamber incinerator" means an incinerator consisting of at least two refractory lined combustion chambers (primary and secondary) in series, physically separated by refractory walls, interconnected by gas passage ports or ducts.
(9) "Afterburner" means an auxiliary burner for destroying unburned or partially burned combustion gases after they have passed from the combustion chamber.
(10) "Batch Incinerator" means an incinerator that is loaded while the chamber(s) is cold and is not recharged until the burndown cycle is complete.
(11) "Biologicals" means noxious organisms.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-03-25-.04
Original rule filed September 21, 1988; effective November 6, 1988. Amendment filed May 17, 1990; effective July 1, 1990.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 68-25-105 and 4-5-202.

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