(a) The secretary, upon the presentation of proper credentials and at reasonable times, may enter any building, property, premises, place, vehicle or permitted facility where infectious medical wastes are or have been generated, treated, stored, transported or disposed of for the purpose of promptly investigating any person's compliance with the provisions of this article, legislative rules or permits issued by the secretary.
(b) The secretary shall make periodic inspections of every permitted facility as necessary to effectively implement and enforce the requirements of this article or the legislative rules promulgated by or permits issued by the secretary. After an inspection is made, a report shall be prepared and filed with the secretary. A copy of such inspection report shall be promptly furnished to the person in charge of such building, property, premises, place, vehicle or facility. All inspection reports shall be available to the public in accordance with the provisions of article one, chapter twenty-nine-b of this code.
(c) Whenever the secretary has cause to believe that any person is in violation of any provision of this article, any condition of a permit issued by the secretary, any order or any legislative rule promulgated by the secretary under this article, he shall immediately order an inspection of the building, property, premises, place, vehicle or permitted facility at which the alleged violation is occurring.
(d) Upon presentation of proper credentials and at reasonable times, the secretary may enter any establishment, building, property, premises, vehicle or other place maintained by any person where infectious medical waste is being or has been generated, transported, stored, treated or disposed of to inspect and take samples of waste and the contents of any containers. The division shall promptly provide a copy of any analysis to the owner, operator or agent in charge.
(e) Upon presentation of proper credentials and at reasonable times, the secretary shall be given access to all records relating to the generation, transportation, storage, treatment or disposal of infectious medical waste in the possession of any person who generates, stores, treats, transports, disposes of, or otherwise handles or has handled such waste. The secretary shall be furnished with copies of all such records or given the records for the purpose of making copies. If the secretary, upon inspection, investigation or through other means, observes or learns of a violation or probable violation of this article, he is authorized to issue subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum and to order the attendance and testimony of witnesses and to compel the production of any books, papers, documents, manifests and other physical evidence pertinent to such investigation or inspection.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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