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  •   Monterey County Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Population

    Since early 2017, the San Diego and Santa Cruz County Health Departments have been investigating local hepatitis A outbreaks among individuals who are homeless or use illicit drugs. Unfortunately, disease levels in Monterey County have now reached outbreak levels. Since October 2017, hepatitis A has been diagnosed in 9 individuals with a history of homeless in Monterey County. These individuals did not travel outside of Monterey County so are assumed to have become ill due to transmission within the homeless and illegal drug use communities in Monterey County.

    2/5/2018 4:46:00 PM

  •   UPDATE: Request for information about illegal hazardous waste dump

    Since the initial reporting of the illegally disposed hazardous waste barrels on January 17th, 2018, the Monterey County Health Department has identified four disposal locations within the county. 58 barrels have been found.Thanks to calls we received from the public, we are aware that there may be as many as 70 barrels total disposed.

    1/19/2018 3:07:00 PM

  • CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Monterey County

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Monterey County. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from this area. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

    2/1/2018 2:43:00 PM

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Medical Waste Management Program

Biohazard

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday-Friday 8AM to 5 PM

TELEPHONE

831-755-4505

FAX

831-796-8693 or
831-755-4880

 Local  Enforcement Agency

The Monterey County Health Department is the local enforcement agency responsible for administering the State’s Medical Waste Management Program in Monterey County. The program oversees registration requirements for small and large quantity medical water generators and conducts annual inspection of large quantity generators and facilities with onsite treatment.

Encouraging proper containment and disposal

The program also encourages, through public education and awareness, proper containment and disposal of home-generated sharps such as needles, lancets, and syringes. As home-generated sharps can pose a unique public health threat when improperly contained and disposed such as in a garbage container or recycle bin, the public is advised to use sharps containers for containment and approved locations for safe disposal. Please refer to the article Sharps/Medications Disposal.

 Register as a Medical Waste Generator

To apply to register as a Medical Waste Generator in Monterey County, please submit a completed registration application along with the appropriate fees to:

MONTEREY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
1270 Natividad Road, Room 301
Salinas, California 93906

Additional Resources

Document Description
MW Registration Form
Application form for a MW permit

Medical Waste Management Plan

Medical Waste Management Plan for facilities
Mail-Back list for Sharps List of medical waste hauling companies who can receive medical waste for disposal.
Medical Waste Transporter list List of medical waste hauling companies who can pick up medical waste for disposal.

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