It’s not surprising that doctors’ offices and hospitals needs to properly and legally dispose of all the biohazardous materials generated in that facility. However, the exact same rules apply to veterinarians, yet many are not fully complying with the legal regulations surrounding that waste disposal. If you work in a veterinarian’s office, it is crucial that you comply with every law dealing with biohazardous material.
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This blog entry provides comprehensive information about how to reduce lab-generated levels of hazardous waste through effective identification, segregation, and management.
Treatment and disposal methods of medical waste relies on the type of waste. Hazardous waste treatment and disposal regulations are different than regulations for non-hazardous waste. All medical waste needs to be identified and segregated to ensure that proper management processes are involved, following federal and state guidelines.
Following proper ways to collect and transport industrial waste is vital, especially with increasingly specific laws focused on protecting the environment. Any generator of industrial waste must manage and dispose of it properly and in compliance with federal and state and local laws.
If you’re the owner or manager of a moderately-sized retail store, you probably don’t consider yourself a RCRA hazardous waste generator. But in the eyes of the EPA, the chances are manifold that you are—and it’s their eyes that count, in a very big way.
If you generate any hazardous materials in your line of work, it’s imperative you know your EPA generator status. Whether you’re a large quantity generator or a conditionally exempt small quantity generator or in between, your status dictates important aspects of how you store, transport, and report on your waste. Failure to comply with federal and state regulations and laws that apply to your status could result in steep fines.
If your medical facility has a waste management contract, it is very important that you know exactly when your contract comes up for renewal, especially if you’re not happy with your current services. If you lose track of it and accidently allow that contract to automatically renew, it very well could end up costing your medical facility a great deal of time, money, and frustration.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is the authority in South Carolina that regulates hazardous waste management, doing so in concurrence with the 1978 South Carolina Hazardous Waste Management Act.
One of the most important aspects of handling, transporting, and properly disposing of hazardous waste is obviously safety. Preparation for potential emergencies needs to be in place in case something unexpected happens during transport, especially in regard to hazardous waste. One such security measure is the inclusion of emergency response numbers on the hazardous waste manifest.
Whether you’re dealing with a broken beaker, discarded slides, or a used syringe barrel, hazardous glass and plastic waste should be categorized and disposed of according to its type and use. Though such items often appear harmless, the truth can be alarming, especially in healthcare or pharmaceutical industries. The process for safe hazardous glass and plastic disposal starts with proper identification.