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Lab Pack Disposal: What Schools and Universities Need to Know

Lab Pack Disposal: What Schools and Universities Need to Know

Any school or university that has a laboratory (especially anything associated with a chemistry department) more often than not has expired samples and chemicals that need to be safely disposed via proper lab pack disposal. Improper disposal of any hazardous materials increase both security risks as well as compliance breaches, resulting in fines and penalties for the university or education facility.

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How to Safely Dispose of Toxic Waste

How to Safely Dispose of Toxic Waste

It’s easy to be considered a toxic-waste generator in the eyes of RCRA. E.g., the moment you open a can of solvent and use it, you’ve joined the club. You might only produce a single quart of toxic waste weekly, but the improper disposal of even such a miniscule amount can put you in violation of RCRA.

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Medical Document Destruction Cost: The Numbers Might Shock You

Medical Document Destruction Cost: The Numbers Might Shock You

Medical document shredding is an important consideration for any medical facility. Not only does it protect a patient’s private information, but it also keeps you in compliance with all HIPAA OSHA requirements. As with many OSHA requirements, being in full compliance can save you from fines and other punitive actions against your facility.

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Lead-Paint Waste Disposal Rules and Guidelines

Lead-Paint Waste Disposal Rules and Guidelines

Chances are a building contains lead paint if it was built prior to 1978. That’s 40+ years ago. And since older buildings are the logical targets of renovation & demolition, lead-paint disposal is a significant tactical challenge to contractors, remodelers, renovators, etc.

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The Basics of Hand-Sanitizer Waste Disposal

The Basics of Hand-Sanitizer Waste Disposal

People and places everywhere have been purchasing unprecedented amounts of hand sanitizer in accordance with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And so our country is awash in hand sanitizer, which is a hazardous waste, thus creating a problem that can only be solved with knowledgeable hazardous waste disposal.

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How Do I Know If I Have Hazardous Waste or Non-Hazardous Waste?

How Do I Know If I Have Hazardous Waste or Non-Hazardous Waste?

The type of waste you generate (whether hazardous or non-hazardous) directly impacts handling, transport and disposal requirements. Because the rules vary according to the waste type (and because the generator of the waste is always liable for that waste), your very first step in any hazardous waste management plan should be determining the type of waste you have.

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What Is an EPA Hazardous Waste Code?

What Is an EPA Hazardous Waste Code?

Improper hazardous waste disposal leads to groundwater and soil contamination that negatively affects people and animals coming into contact it. Such exposure can cause serious illness, disease, and potentially death. To prevent negative impact on humans and the environment, regulations are instituted with safety in mind, and a large part of that safety component is the use of waste codes.

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What Is Pathological Waste, and How Do I Dispose of It?

What Is Pathological Waste, and How Do I Dispose of It?

Defined as any type of waste consisting of human or animal body parts, Pathological waste is a regulated healthcare waste stream that must be collected and disposed of in line with state and federal regulations. Learn the best practice requirements that exist in your state for compliance and cost management.

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Where Can I Dispose of My Sharps Bin?

Where Can I Dispose of My Sharps Bin?

Do you know the guidelines that govern sharps disposal in your State? Improper medical waste disposal has real and dire consequences for both people and our environment so it’s essential that healthcare providers are in full compliance when handling and disposing of sharps.

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What You Need to Know about Hazardous Waste Management in Georgia

What You Need to Know about Hazardous Waste Management in Georgia

If you run a manufacturing plant or otherwise generate hazardous waste from a healthcare facility or local business in Georgia, it is imperative you know how to properly dispose of this waste appropriate. As Georgia locals, let our experts at MCF help you navigate requirements specific to the hazardous waste types your facility is generating.

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What Is Biohazardous Waste?

What Is Biohazardous Waste?

If you work in an industry where you come in contact with patients or bodily fluids, it’s important to understand exactly what biohazardous waste is. However, it’s equally important to understand biohazardous waste regulations and the laws surrounding the handling, storage, transportation, and disposal of such material.

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How does a hazardous waste profile differ?

How does a hazardous waste profile differ?

This blog begins by reviewing the requirements of a hazardous waste profile. Then, to the extent that they differ, it compares & contrasts a hazardous waste profile from its nonhazardous waste counterpart.

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Make Sure You Put Your Sharps in a Puncture-Resistant Sharps Container

Make Sure You Put Your Sharps in a Puncture-Resistant Sharps Container

Without correct protocols and education, the medical field can be a dangerous place. This is especially true when it comes to the handling and disposal of syringes, needles, or scalpels, otherwise known as “sharps.” In addition to mindful handling during use, one extremely important step for the safety of everyone involved is safe and compliant sharps disposal.

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Does Your Facility Require Regulated Medical Waste Disposal?

Does Your Facility Require Regulated Medical Waste Disposal?

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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What Is RCRA Hazardous Waste?

What Is RCRA Hazardous Waste?

No matter what industry you’re in, there are a variety of categories that relate to generated waste. It’s essential that you and your employees all understand these different categories because the type of waste you’re dealing with will dictate how that waste needs to be stored, containerized, transported, and treated before disposal. One particularly important category is RCRA hazardous waste.  

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What Is an Autoclave in the Medical Waste Management Industry?

What Is an Autoclave in the Medical Waste Management Industry?

The sterilization and treatment of medical waste before it’s dumped as garbage is an extremely important part of the medical waste management industry. Without the proper treatment, waste that is still dangerous—either hazardous or infectious—can end up in landfills. Learn more about the Autoclave process of treatment as it pertains to biomedical waste

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Learn the Basics of How Chemical Waste is Treated

Learn the Basics of How Chemical Waste is Treated

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.

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Hazardous Waste—Have a Hazardous Waste Manifest or Bill of Lading

Hazardous Waste—Have a Hazardous Waste Manifest or Bill of Lading

If you’re in an industry where you generate waste, it’s imperative that you know exactly how to properly, legally, and safely deal with that waste, including shipping. Be aware of the terms “manifest” and “bill of lading.” You’ll need to know the differences, when they’re used, and how to properly complete the appropriate forms.

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Is your Industrial Hazardous Waste Management Putting you at risk?

Is your Industrial Hazardous Waste Management Putting you at risk?

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.

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Hazardous Waste Definition: What Atlanta, GA Companies Should Know

Hazardous Waste Definition: What Atlanta, GA Companies Should Know

If you run an Atlanta-based company that even potentially produces hazardous waste, it’s vitally important to understand what exactly goes into the hazardous waste definition. This knowledge helps ensure compliance with not only Georgia state laws, but those of the federal government. Both must be followed. Compliance regarding storage, shipment, treatment, and disposal also protects you and your company from fines and other unpleasant penalties.

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What Is a Lab Pack?

What Is a Lab Pack?

If you manage or work in a hospital, university, laboratory, or any manufacturing industry environment that uses small containers of chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials (thinners, solvents, paints, inks, etc.), it’s extremely important that you store, package, ship, and dispose of all that waste material properly. This is done with lab packs – but not necessarily limited to chemicals that comes strictly from a laboratory.

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Hazardous Waste Disposal & Recycling Recommendations and Requirements for Fluorescent Tubes

Hazardous Waste Disposal & Recycling Recommendations and Requirements for Fluorescent Tubes

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.

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How To Safely Manage Sharps Container Disposal

How To Safely Manage Sharps Container Disposal

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.

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Are You Managing Your Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Legally?

Are You Managing Your Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Legally?

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...

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