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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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Biomedical Programs

Oversight of Biomedical Waste Management is conducted to assure proper identification, segregation, containment, storage and labeling of Biomedical Waste.


What is Biomedical Waste?

Biomedical Waste is:
- Any liquid or solid waste that may present a threat of infection to humans
- Liquid waste: blood and any other fluids from humans
- Solid waste: syringes, needles, clothing, towels, rags, sheets, gloves, plastic bags, or any objects soiled with blood or other body fluids.

Biomedical Waste Operating Plan



Important links:
Ebola Virus Associated Waster Management
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Florida Department of Health - Biomedical Waste Program and Forms
Sharp Disposal

Home disposal of biomedical waste



Body Piercing
The Miami-Dade County Health Department conducts yearly inspections of Body Piercing Salons. Inspections are conducted by an Environmental Health Specialist. Body Piercing Salons must obtain a permit yearly and attend a piercing certification class annually. The program also investigates complaints of under age piercing.



Tanning
All facilities that provide tanning services are inspected once every year. Facilities must comply with Chapter 69 E – 16 FAC. New Tanning Salon must come for a plan review before opening the facility.


Body Art
Complaints of unlicensed activities at any of the above mentioned establishment must be directed to the unlicensed activity office. Complaints at any of these facilities are handle by the boards directly.


For more information, please contact:

Christine Oliver, Environmental Specialist II, Coordinator
Phone: 305-623-3500
Fax: 305-623-3520


Tattoo, Tanning, Body Piercing Inspectors:
Francis Arab, Environmental Specialist II
Vivianne Bernardin, Environmental Specialist II
Marsha Mildor, Environmental Specialist II