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Why Does the EPA Require Dental Clinics to Have Amalgam Separators?

If you’re a dentist—or manage a dental clinic—you’ve probably never considered yourself a potential environmental polluter with a need for hazardous waste management. But be forewarned—the EPA does not agree. The agency has determined that dental clinics have been the main source of mercury discharges into publicly owned treatment works: facilities known as POTWs [...]

By | 2018-05-29T10:54:48+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Medical Waste|Comments Off on Why Does the EPA Require Dental Clinics to Have Amalgam Separators?

Hazardous Waste Disposal for Unthinkable Circumstances—Would Your Team Be Ready?

One of the many awkward truths about dying is that it can be very messy. When it fails to come gently (think: accidents, suicides, homicides, and decomposition after unattended death), there will likely be blood, bodily fluids, and feces with which to contend. These substances can transmit staph, hepatitis, HIV, and other communicable diseases—some of which can live more than [...]

By | 2017-08-17T16:20:48+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Medical Waste|Comments Off on Hazardous Waste Disposal for Unthinkable Circumstances—Would Your Team Be Ready?

How Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Will Change in 2016

In August 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal (Subpart P of 40 CFR 266) which highlighted new techniques for the management, storage, and disposal of hazardous pharmaceutical waste in healthcare facilities. With the proposed regulation scheduled to take effect at some point in 2016, it’s vital to understand the impact it has [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:05+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Hazardous Waste, Medical Waste, Regulatory|Comments Off on How Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Will Change in 2016

Why Should You Care About the EPA’s 2015 Pharmaceutical Waste Proposal?

Why Regulate? The Difficulties in Dealing With Pharmaceutical Waste Waste pharmaceuticals have always been tricky to manage. One difficulty is their near ubiquity in our society; hospitals, pharmacies, residential care facilities, and veterinary clinics would not be able to function without the use of certain lifesaving—yet sometimes highly toxic—medications. For example, the mechanism of action [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:07+00:00 February 26th, 2015|EPA, Medical Waste|0 Comments

Regulated Medical Waste: Autoclaving, Incineration, and Landfill Disposal

Dealing with regulated medical waste (RMW) can pose a problem for both generators, e.g. hospitals, healthcare facilities, general practitioner clinics, and to a lesser extent, owners of landfills and solid waste disposal facilities. Medical waste generators are liable for their actions regarding the safe storage and eventual treatment of their particular waste stream. Landfill operators [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:08+00:00 February 3rd, 2015|Medical Waste|0 Comments

EpiPen Disposal: To Red Bag or Not to Red Bag

EpiPen Disposal: To Red Bag or Not to Red Bag   A Lifesaving Drug Epinephrine pens, or EpiPens, can be lifesaving tools. The epinephrine (also called adrenaline) is a cardiac stimulant and is used for severe allergic reactions of all types, including food, drug, insect bites, and stings. Prescribed to those for whom the risk [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:08+00:00 December 30th, 2014|Hazardous Waste, Medical Waste|0 Comments

Paging Doctors and Dentists: It’s Time to Talk About X-Ray Waste

Paging Doctors and Dentists: It’s Time to Talk About X-Ray Waste   It’s so commonplace you might not even notice it, were it not for the heavy lead-lined apron you’re sometimes made to wear: If you’ve ever fractured a bone or had a bad cavity, the process of having an X-ray taken is routine procedure. [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:08+00:00 December 16th, 2014|Hazardous Waste, Medical Waste|0 Comments

Ebola Risk Management in Our Community

Ebola Risk Management in Our Community   We are sometimes asked if we have written procedures or protocols regarding packaging, labeling, transporting and disposing of various “hazardous materials/infectious agents”. Management of Ebola outbreak situations is the catalyst for the most recent wave of inquiry so we’re offering information and resources that will help to educate [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:09+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Hazardous Waste, Medical Waste|0 Comments

What Is Ebola and How Hazardous Is Its Waste?

What Is Ebola and How Hazardous Is Its Waste? What is Ebola? Ebola or Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is an infectious virus (of which there are five known strains) first discovered in 1976. The virus has, heretofore, mostly been known to be found near where it was first discovered, by the Ebola River in the Democratic [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:09+00:00 October 28th, 2014|Hazardous Waste, Medical Waste|0 Comments

Pharmaceutical Waste: 4 Things You Need to Know

  Healthcare providers are tasked with many great responsibilities, some of which are exciting and noble (saving lives) and some of which are frustrating and tedious (disposing of waste). Properly disposing of pharmaceutical waste might not sound all that impressive, but the benefits are actually pretty remarkable: ensuring that your disposal process is safe and [...]

By | 2017-06-02T14:00:13+00:00 July 11th, 2014|Medical Waste|0 Comments