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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your Kentucky-based manufacturer produces hazardous materials, it’s crucial that you have (and enforce) a hazardous waste management plan. Find out exactly why this matters, what your risks are, and what businesses in Kentucky need to be particularly aware of?
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.
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...