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Section §173.197: Regulated medical waste

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Interpretation Responses

Ref ID Date Company Name Individual Name Response Document
23-0082 The University of Alabama at Birmingham Justin Roth View
22-0070 Scopelitis, Gavin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C. Mr. Timothy W. Wiseman View
17-0041 WNWN International Mr. Ed Krisiunas View
08-0035 BD Medical - Medical Surgical Systems Mr. Lane Arbittier View
06-0139 Solutions, Inc. Mr. Victor Anderson  View
08-0247 Henry Ford Hospital Ms. Carolie Horvath View
02-0222 Solutions, Inc. Victor B. Anderson View
12-0247 Curtis Bay Energy Mr. Edward Petrullo View
00-0296 Hospitec Mr. Christopher Hahn View
07-0140 Advanced Chemcial Transports, Inc. Mr. James A. Castrodale, Jr View
03-0094 Inland Paperboard and Packaging, Inc. Ms. Nadine Helm View
01-0201 Rubbermaid Commercial Products Mr. Michael A. Roby View
11-0261 Mr. Aaron Hackman View
15-0152 DiSorb Systems, Inc Mr. Ted McLaughlin View
05-0006 Pro-Pack Testing Laboratory, Inc. Mr. Manuel Rosa View
04-0279 Daniels Sharpsmart, Inc. Mr. Terry Grimmond View
02-0244 Environmental Resource Center Pretlo V. Knight View
02-0270 Information From Science, LLC Ira F. Salkin, Ph.D., F(AAM) View
06-0229 National Headquarters Mr. Michael I. Gorman  View
16-0044 Hall, Render, Killiam, Heath & Lyman, PC Ms. Amy Berenbaum Goodman View
06-0007 Medical Waste Solutions, Inc. Mr. Russell A. Karlins View
02-0303 Health Care Waste Services Joseph Orlando View
09-0043 Otto Environmental Systems Mr. Rob Ellis View
07-0094 MTS Medical Waste Management Mr. Edward Petrullo View
09-0062 Container-Quinn Testing Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Stephen C. Powell View
00-0091 Rubbermaid Commercial Products, LLC Mr. Michael A. Roby View
02-0021 Sharps Compliance Edward Krisiunas, MT (ASCP), CIC, MPH View
03-0265 The Daniels Corporation Ms. Terry Grimmond View