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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...
In the medical waste management and environmental waste management arenas, rules and regulations regarding proper waste disposal are often changing. One such area that has recently undergone a significant change relates to MSDS sheets. While this used to be the proper terminology, everything has now shifted to SDS sheets.
The #COVID19 pandemic has challenged every aspect of our working lives; at MCF we have been available for medical facilities and institutions helping them navigate correct COVID-19 waste disposal and COVID-19 vaccine handling.
The waste management industry is highly regulated, but it’s also subject to both state and federal laws. This can make pinning down how to legally and safely deal with your waste a complicated, confusing process. Working with an experienced and knowledgeable waste management company who can address some of these questions is one way to minimize that confusion. One such common source of uncertainty that these companies frequently get asked about is whether a business requires a generator’s EPA identification number.
g from a list of medical waste management companies can be daunting for a doctor’s office. After all, it’s imperative to pick a company that’s qualified, experienced, and reputable. If the company you choose makes an error with your generated waste, it could come back to you, meaning you’d be financially liable. Because this is such an important decision, here are six common mistakes to avoid when your doctor’s office is looking to hire a medical waste management company.
The EPA Acting Administrator signed the final rule, titled, “Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine” on December 11, 2018 and it was published in the Federal Register (FR) on February 22, 2019.
If you work in the medical field or manufacturing industry, you likely generate waste that needs to be containerized, shipped, and transported according to strict regulations. Whether it’s biomedical waste (red bag waste) or hazardous materials, this waste can’t simply be dumped in the garbage or down the drain. If you do deal with this waste in your profession and you contact a waste management company to help handle its proper treatment, consider the benefits of working with a full-service outfit.
There's a prevailing idea among manufacturers that dealing with non-hazardous waste disposal is somehow less important or less stringent than managing hazardous items. This is not the case! Every manufacturer needs to comply with all federal non-hazardous waste...
Pharmaceutical waste is one waste stream that has historically not been dealt with in the proper manner. Various healthcare facilities have been lax about proper disposal, but regulations (and fines) are only going to get more stringent. It’s important, therefore, that every healthcare facility has a clear, outlined step-by-step plan in place for proper pharmacy waste disposal.
If your doctor’s office or hospital is a fully functioning clinic, it’s very likely you periodically need to dispose of expired medications and biohazardous waste. However, it’s obviously not as easy as simply throwing this material away. There are some very specific regulations and restrictions regarding what kinds of medications get disposed of in what fashion. One common practice used by doctors’ offices and hospitals alike is simply putting expired medication in red bag waste. This is not the protocol for properly disposing of hazardous waste, though, and could lead to fines being levied against the facility.