Substances that are considered regulated medical waste (RMW) don’t always come from “obvious” sources like hospitals and clinics. Instead, there are many RMW generators that are less obvious, such as drug stores, dental offices, and funeral homes. So does your facility generate a regulated medical waste? This article well give you the answers to help decide.
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This blog entry explains chemical waste disposal in terms of its two elements, both of which need to be part of your chemical waste disposal guidelines. There’s treatment—either to detoxify a chemical waste or destroy it completely. And storage, which typically includes landfills, waste piles, ponds, lagoons, and deep-well injections.
As they tend to come from various state and federal bureaucracies at haphazard intervals, environmental regulations are plentiful, evolving, and challenging to track. Ignoring or misunderstanding them can subject you to daily fines in the tens of thousands—and even criminal consequences. This blog explains some of the hows & whys.
The widespread use of fluorescent lighting in business & industry makes hazardous waste disposal and/or recycling of fluorescent tubes a major operational concern for maintenance & engineering departments. Also, if you plan to undertake a complete conversion to LEDs across your facility, then you’ll need an environmentally-sensitive plan for discarding or recycling what can amount to hundreds or even thousands of “retired” fluorescent tubes.
The company that manages your sharps-disposal program fulfills a crucial role in maintaining the continuity of your patient services; controlling infection; and keeping your hospital, clinic, or pharmacy in legal compliance with federal and state laws.
The pecuniary penalties for mishandling biowaste, biohazard waste, or biomedical waste are substantial, not to mention a major distraction from your commitment to cure people and keep them healthy.
In most states, the EPA is responsible for developing and enforcing regulations for medical waste management. But in some, the Department of Health is involved (e.g., Missouri and Oklahoma) or might even be the primary enforcer (e.g., Colorado)
ARE YOU MANAGING YOUR PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE DISPOSAL LEGALLY? A pharmaceutical waste must be properly identified, segregated, and managed to meet the dictates of the EPA—and particularly so if it’s considered to be a hazardous waste. Classification parameters for...