(2) Restrictions on sale and use of mercury. 299.49(2)(a)(a)
No person may sell or supply a mercury fever thermometer to a consumer or patient, unless the thermometer has been prescribed for the consumer or patient by a practitioner, as defined in s. 450.01 (17)
. A mercury fever thermometer manufacturer shall supply with each thermometer clear instructions on the careful handling of the thermometer to avoid breakage, on proper cleanup if the thermometer breaks, and on proper disposal. For purposes of this subsection, “mercury fever thermometer" means a thermometer that contains mercury for the purpose of measuring body temperature, but does not include a thermometer containing mercury solely within a button cell battery.
No person may sell or distribute a mercury-containing manometer of the type in milking machines on dairy farms. Manufacturers of such mercury-containing manometers shall notify wholesalers and retailers that the sale or distribution of such manometers is prohibited and shall instruct them on the proper disposal of remaining inventory.
No person may sell, or distribute for promotional purposes, a mercury-added thermostat.
No person may sell or distribute any of the following items, if the item contains mercury:
An esophageal dilator, bougie tube, or gastrointestinal tube.
A thermometer other than a thermometer prohibited from sale under par. (a)
does not apply to the sale of a mercury-added product listed in subd. 1. a.
if use of the product is required under federal law or if the only mercury-added component in the product is a button cell battery.
No person may sell or distribute, individually or as a product component, a mercury switch or mercury relay. This subdivision does not apply to a switch or relay that is used to replace a switch or relay that is a component in a larger product in use prior to October 1, 2010, if one of the following applies:
The larger product is used in manufacturing or in the generating, transmission, or distributing facilities for electric energy, gas, or water.
The switch or relay is integrated with, and not physically separate from, other components of the larger product.
does not apply to the sale of a mercury switch or mercury relay if use of the switch or relay is a federal requirement.
No person may sell or distribute any of the following items if the item contains mercury, unless the only mercury-added component in the item is a button cell battery:
An over-the-counter pharmaceutical product for human use.
The prohibitions under this section do not apply to the sale of a mercury-added product for which the department grants an exemption under this subsection.
A manufacturer or user of a product may apply for an exemption from this section by filing a written petition with the department. The department may grant an exemption with or without conditions if it finds that the mercury-added product is reasonable and appropriate for a specific use. The department shall find that a product is reasonable and appropriate for a specific use only if a manufacturer or user establishes all of the following:
A system exists for the proper collection, transportation, and processing of the product at the end of its life.
Use of the product provides a net benefit to the environment, public health, or public safety when compared to available nonmercury alternatives.
Technically feasible nonmercury alternatives are not available at comparable cost.
Prior to approving an exemption, the department may consult with neighboring states to promote consistency in the regulation of mercury-added products. The department may request a person who is granted an exemption to maintain records and provide reasonable reports to the department that characterize mercury use in the products for which the exemption was granted. Exemptions may not exceed 5 years and may be renewed upon written application if the department finds that the mercury-added product continues to meet the criteria specified in par. (b)
and the manufacturer or other persons comply with the conditions of its original approval. The department shall promulgate rules for processing an exemption application that provide for public participation, taking into account the role of the interstate clearinghouse under sub. (4)
(4) Interstate clearinghouse.
The department may participate in the establishment and implementation of a regional, multistate clearinghouse to assist in carrying out the requirements of this section.
History: 2009 a. 44
Products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. 299.50(1)(a)
“Over-the-counter drug" means a substance or product that may be dispensed without a prescription and that contains a label which identifies the product as a drug as required by 21 CFR 201.66
and which includes a drug facts panel or a statement of the active ingredient or ingredients with a list of those ingredients contained in the compound, substance, or preparation.
“Personal care product" means any article, or a component of any article, that is intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering appearance, except that “personal care product" does not include a prescription drug.
“Plastic" means a synthetic material made from linking monomers through a chemical reaction to create an organic polymer chain that can be molded or extruded at high heat into various solid forms that retain their defined shapes throughout their life cycle and after their disposal.
“Political subdivision" means a city, village, town, or county.
“Synthetic plastic microbead" means any intentionally added non-biodegradable, solid plastic particle measuring less than 5 millimeters at its largest dimension that is used to exfoliate or cleanse in a product that is intended to be rinsed off.
Beginning on December 31, 2017, no person may produce or manufacture a personal care product containing synthetic plastic microbeads, except for a product that is an over-the-counter drug.
Beginning on December 31, 2018, no person may do any of the following:
Accept for sale a personal care product containing synthetic plastic microbeads, except for a product that is an over-the-counter drug.
Produce or manufacture a personal care product that is an over-the-counter drug containing synthetic plastic microbeads.
Beginning on December 31, 2019, no person may accept for sale a personal care product that is an over-the-counter drug containing synthetic plastic microbeads.
(3) Penalty and enforcement.
Any person who violates sub. (2)
may be required to forfeit not more than $500 for each violation. The department or any district attorney may on behalf of the state bring an action for temporary or permanent injunctive relief for any violation of this section.
A political subdivision may not enact an ordinance or adopt a resolution concerning the manufacture, sale, or distribution of products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.
If a political subdivision has in effect on July 3, 2015, an ordinance or resolution that is inconsistent with par. (a)
, the ordinance or resolution does not apply and may not be enforced.
History: 2015 a. 43
Medical waste management. 299.51(1)(am)
“Manifest" means a form used for identifying the quantity, composition, origin, routing and destination of medical waste during its transport and disposal.
“Medical waste" means infectious waste, as defined in s. 287.07 (7) (c) 1. c.
, and other waste that contains or may be mixed with infectious waste.
(2) Medical waste reduction.
Except as provided under sub. (3) (am)
, every clinic, nursing home and hospital shall implement a policy for the reduction of the amount of medical waste generated as required by the department by rule.
The department shall promulgate rules that do all of the following:
Establish requirements for medical waste reduction by hospitals.
Exempt types of generators of medical waste that generate less than 50 pounds of medical waste per month from the requirement under sub. (2)
Establish requirements for packaging, handling, shipping and transporting medical waste.
Require a license for persons who transport medical waste and impose a fee for that license, except that the department may not impose a fee on an individual who is eligible for the veterans fee waiver program under s. 45.44
Require the use of manifests to monitor the transport and disposal of medical waste.
No person may transport medical waste without a license issued by the department under sub. (3) (c)
No person may dispose of medical waste in a facility for solid waste disposal unless the medical waste has undergone solid waste treatment.
Any person who violates sub. (4) (b)
may be required to forfeit not more than $25,000. Each act of disposal in violation of sub. (4) (b)
constitutes a separate offense.
History: 1991 a. 39
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 299.51; 2011 a. 209
“Used oil" means any petroleum-derived or synthetic oil which, as a result of use or management, is contaminated. “Used oil" includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Metalworking fluid, including cutting, grinding, machining, rolling, stamping, quenching and coating oils.
“Used oil fuel" means any fuel designated by the department by rule that contains used oil or is produced from used oil or from a combination of used oil and other material.
A person who does any of the following shall notify the department of the location and description of each facility used and the description of the used oil fuel:
Owns or operates a facility that produces used oil fuel or a facility that recovers energy by burning used oil fuel.
The department may by rule exempt specific persons or facilities from the requirements of par. (a)