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Regulated Medical Waste – Five Common Violations at Healthcare Facilities2023-09-01

Complied from various sources, including state agencies, this article lists the five most common medical waste violations. In each case, links to compliance resources are provided. [ full text ]

Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, the Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule, and the Definition of Solid Waste Rule; Technical Corrections2023-10-25

With their permission, HERC is linking to comments submitted by PharmEcology Services to EPA regarding the technical corrections published by EPA on August 9, 2023: Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, the Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule, and the Definition of Solid Waste Rule, Technical Corrections. If finalized, the technical corrections would have impacts for healthcare facilities "Marking Lab Packs for Shipping." [ full text ]

Healthcare Waste - A Serious Problem for Global Health - NLM 2023 Report2023-08-09

Medical waste amounts have increased dramatically over the last 30 years, and health facilities around the world are producing more waste than ever before. The US generates the most healthcare waste (HCW) on a per bed basis (8.4–10.7 kg/bed/day). Other conclusions include: COVID caused a large increase in HCW worldwide. [ full text ]

Ten Most Common Hazardous Waste Violations Found in Hospitals2023-08-08

According to IDR Environmental Services, here are the Ten Most Common Hazardous Waste Violations Found in Hospitals: 1. Lack of or Improper Labeling of Hazardous Waste 2. Improper or Failure to Perform Hazardous Waste Determinations 3. Throwing Hazardous Waste Down the Drain 4. Inadequate or No Hazardous Waste Manifests 5. Improper Management of Expired Hazardous Waste 6. Lack of a Contingency Plan 7. Inadequate or No Training of Employees in Hazardous Waste Management 8. Improper Consolidation of Hazardous Wastes from Nearby Facilities 9. Improper Management of Mercury 10. Infrequent or No Weekly Inspections of Hazardous Waste Storage Areas [ full text ]

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