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While a majority of medical waste can be classified as non-hazardous, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 15% falls into the hazardous waste category, each of which triggers a particular set of protocols for its management and disposal. In order to minimize the health risks associated with exposure to these potentially infectious materials, physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers must take every precaution when managing and disposing of all medical waste.
The terminology surrounding waste management tends to be confused and conflated. This is particularly true of industrial waste—sometimes called “manufacturing waste.”
When it comes to finding the right waste management partner, you need to be able to ask the right questions. This blog entry reviews the fundamentals of hazardous waste management to inform a list of basic questions you should ask a prospective waste disposal provider to ensure you get the service you need.
Labels on hazardous material containers alert people in a clear, easy way about the dangers of that waste. If labels aren’t accurate—or are missing altogether—people have no way of knowing what they are handling.
Electronics have become endemic to all business and industry. As these devices reach their ends of life, e-waste has exploded into a worldwide environmental issue, becoming the most common universal waste that owners and managers must contend with.
Knowing what you need to pay for proper hazardous waste disposal can seem confusing, but hazardous waste disposal costs don’t need to be a mystery. With a little bit of research and the right tactics, you can learn and master everything you need to know about transportation fees and anything else associated with hazardous waste management pricing.
If you’re a dentist—or the manager of a dental clinic—it’s understandable if you’ve never heard of something called a “conditionally exempt small quantity generator” (CESQG). But in the eyes of the EPA, that’s very likely you—and what you’re generating is nothing less than hazardous waste.
There are many steps required to legally and safely transport hazardous waste as well as any variety of non-hazardous waste. One of the most crucial steps in that process is properly filling out a waste profile. What exactly is this form, though, and why is it so important to this process of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal?
Dry cleaning waste can require hazardous waste disposal as a listed waste or a characteristic waste. And the amount of dry cleaning waste you generate in a month determines what size hazardous waste generator the EPA considers you to be: an LGQ, SQG, VSQG, or CESQG.
One of the biggest benefits hazardous waste management companies can offer pharmacies is their expertise on expired medication disposal. Because it is so common for various medications to expire in a pharmacy and require proper disposal, every pharmacy should be fully up to date on the protocol for proper medication disposal (and the consequences for failing to follow that protocol).
When mishandled, industrial waste can cause irreparable damage to humans and the environment and expose organizations to legal liability. One way to mitigate risk and ensure proper collection and disposal involves partnering with a qualified waste management company.
HIPAA is a term that’s used quite often in the health-care industry, but not everybody realizes exactly what it is or why it is such a necessary and important factor for any medical facility or healthcare practice. The following is a brief overview of what exactly HIPAA is and why it should matter to all healthcare professionals, from doctors and nurses to management and administration.
Secure document destruction and disposal is a critical—if sometimes overlooked—element of a waste management program. When handling documents with confidential or personal information, you don’t want to risk a data breach. Here’s what you need to know.
States can impose hazardous waste management regulations that are different from their EPA counterparts, and sometimes more restrictive. This blog focuses on the State of Florida.
If you’ve never heard of a hazardous waste contingency plan or you know your manufacturing facility’s version is woefully out of date, it’s extremely important to create or update this document with current regulations. Doing so is not only a matter of legality but ensures that your facility holds itself to the highest safety standards.
The EPA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule ostensibly created “more flexible and adaptable” regulations for hazardous waste management. But in many cases, those regulations are now stricter. As well, before making any changes to your hazardous waste management in reaction to the improvement rule, you must make sure that your state is one of the 35 that’s already adopted it.
When it comes to regulating waste, it’s not just the EPA. OSHA develops and enforces mandatory occupational health and safety requirements across more than six million US workplaces. If you handle hazardous waste—and especially regulated medical waste—your enterprise is certainly among them.
Document shredding is an important part of ensuring the protection of sensitive patient information and overall compliance when it comes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This makes shredding vitally important to your medical facility.
Proper document destruction processes protect patient privacy and ensures that you and your facility reduce the risk of fines for non-compliance.
As generators of hazardous waste, it’s critical for universities to have written, documented hazardous waste disposal guidelines for their employees. These help ensure safety regulations are known throughout the university campus and not just certain rooms or buildings on a campus. Every department that has anything to do with hazardous materials should know and understand these laws. If your university is without such guidelines or documents, create one.
Hazardous waste containers must be properly labeled per both the EPA and DOT. This article reviews requirements across both agencies for transportation and/or storage of hazardous waste.
Every state has differing disposal laws for medical waste, and South Carolina waste management is no exception. There are overarching federal laws that apply to any manufacturer, medical facility, or producer of various waste streams, but those are not the only laws that need to be acknowledged and followed. The state-specific laws are just as important and relevant, and your medical facility is as liable to face fines or other consequences if you fail to follow the letter of state laws as if you fail to follow federal laws.
A noncompliant environmental remediation project can cause you more legal, regulatory, and environmental headaches than it solves. So, it’s important to hire a hazardous waste management company that’s an expert in – and specifically licensed for – environmental remediation.