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Authors

Scott B. Goldie

Abstract

It is the intent of this note to show that the United States federal government has failed to establish a clear national definition and standard for the handling of infectious waste, and that that failure is responsible for the confusion among state infectious waste policies. The federal approach taken by the United States will be compared with that of the Canadians, and both will be examined to determine the impact each has had on its nation, and the support each has given its state or provincial governments. By making these comparisons, this note will show the importance of a clear national definition and standard for infectious waste on the effectiveness of national and state infectious waste policies.

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