EPA - Rule
and Implementation Information for Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste
IW-02: Incinerator Operator
Virginia Infectious Medical Waste Rule, section 10.2.f. requires
incinerator operators to be registered with the Infectious Medical
Operator Renewal Training
operators are required to renew their training every year. To maintain qualification,
must complete at least a four (4) hour annual review or refresher course covering,
at a minimum, the five topics described in this section.
Update of regulations.
Incinerator operation; including startup and shutdown procedures,
waste charging, and ash handling.
Inspection and maintenance.
Responses to malfunctions or conditions that may lead to malfunction.
Discussion of operating problems encountered by attendees.
New Operator Training and
Operators will obtain a registration number only after having completed a
course of study approved by the program, obtaining a passing score on a
written examination, and paying the applicable fee.
Operator training and qualification
must be obtained through a State approved program or by completing the
requirements listed below.
Training must be obtained by
completing an incinerator operator training course that includes, at a
minimum, the three elements described in this
(1) 24 hours of training on the
thirteen subjects listed this section.
(i) Environmental concerns,
including pathogen destruction and types of emissions.
(ii) Basic combustion principles, including products of combustion.
(iii) Operation of the specific type of incinerator to be used by the
operator, including proper startup, waste charging, and shutdown
(iv) Combustion controls and monitoring.
(v) Operation of air pollution control equipment and factors affecting
performance (if applicable).
Methods to monitor pollutants (continuous emission monitoring systems
and monitoring of HMIWI and air pollution control device operating
parameters) and equipment calibration procedures (where applicable);
(vii) Inspection and maintenance of the HMIWI, air pollution control
devices, and continuous emission monitoring systems;
(viii) Actions to correct malfunctions or conditions that may lead to
(ix) Bottom and fly ash characteristics and handling procedures;
(x) Applicable Federal, State, and local regulations;
(xi) Work safety procedures;
(xii) Pre-startup inspections; and
(xiii) Recordkeeping requirements.
(2) An examination designed and
administered by the instructor.
(3) Written material covering the training course topics that can serve as
reference material following completion of the course.
Qualification is valid from the date on which the
examination is passed or the completion of the required experience,
whichever is later, and shall be obtained by:
(1) Completion of a training course that satisfies
the criteria under paragraph (c) of this section;
(2) Either 6 months
experience as an HMIWI operator,
6 months experience as a direct supervisor
of an HMIWI operator, or
completion of at least two burn cycles under the
observation of two qualified HMIWI operators.
Lapsed qualification shall be renewed by one
of the following methods:
(1) For a lapse of less than 3 years, the HMIWI
operator shall complete and pass a standard annual refresher course
described in paragraph (f) of this section.
(2) For a lapse of 3 years or more, the HMIWI operator shall complete and
pass a training course with the minimum criteria described in paragraph (c)
of this section.
The West Virginia Infectious
Medical Waste Rule, 64CSR56, addresses incineration in sections 10 & 11.
Section 10.2.a. - All owners
and operators of infectious medical waste incinerators are required to comply
with applicable State laws and with rules of the West Virginia Air Pollution
Section 11.2 - a Commercial Infectious Medical Waste Management Facility, one that
received more than 35% of their total waste from off-site, can not utilize
incineration technology in any form.
Prior to installation or operation of a new Infectious Medical Waste
incinerator at a proposed new medical facility in West Virginia, the
applicant must complete the
Application for New Infectious Medical Waste Management Facility
Prior to installation and operation of a new Infectious Medical Waste
incinerator at an existing medical facility, the applicant must complete the
Application for Major Change to
Infectious Medical Waste Management Plan package.
all necessary West Virginia
Environmental Protection requirements must be met.
Provided here is a
Summary of the Performance Standards cited
in the West Virginia
Hospital / Medical / Infectious Waste Incinerators
Note: summary provided above was prepared using the Title 40
effective July 1, 2002. The WV Rule references the September 15, 1997
version of Title 40.
The WV Rule references Federal EPA Regulation
40-CFR-62, Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources.