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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.
If your facility produces any kind of hazardous waste, you need to be aware of your EPA generator status and how to legally avoid registering – and paying the fees of – a large quantity generator. The large quantity status also comes with plenty of additional regulations and paperwork to ensure compliance with federal and state laws. Taking certain steps can reduce your classification as a large quantity generator – saving you money, hassle, and paperwork.
Clinical and research laboratories often generate liquid wastes that are deemed RCRA hazardous across EPA categories. E.g., a laboratory liquid waste might be a listed or reactive chemical, a biological waste, or a regulated medical waste. This entry is intended as a comprehensive introduction to laboratory liquid waste management.
If your Georgia site produces non-hazardous waste, it’s important to ensure you know all the rules that govern its storage, transport, and disposal. It’s equally important to consider working with a local waste management company to ensure compliance. Doing so reduces the risk of huge fines and penalties for improper waste disposal processes.
Hydrogen sulfide created by drywall gypsum when in proximity to other biodegradable materials is nauseating, toxic, and highly flammable. Approximately 26 billion square feet of drywall was sold in the U.S. last year, of which 10-to-12 percent becomes unusable waste from cutting & trimming to spec. That means 2.6-to-3.12 billion square feet of drywall waste needed to be discarded last year, all of it requiring hazardous waste disposal.
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.
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.