INFOGRAPHIC: How Improper Disposal of Medical and Pharmaceutical Wastes Can Affect Health and Safety

Whether in the workplace or the home, the consequences of improper handling and disposal of medical and pharmaceutical wastes can be serious. The health and safety of healthcare providers, waste workers, and communities is at risk. Individual states and federal agencies including OSHA, DOT, USPS, DEA, and EPA regulate the handling, collection, transportation, and disposal of both pharmaceutical and medical wastes from businesses. Disposal guidelines and laws have also been put in place to provide safe disposal options for consumers.
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Sharps Compliance’s Scholarship Contest Deadline November 30

The deadline for Sharps Compliance’s scholarship essay contest is Thursday, November 30. Participants must be currently accepted to or enrolled in an accredited university and be studying a healthcare-related major. Three winners will be chosen to receive $1500, $1000, and $750 scholarships.
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New EPA Generator Rule Part Four: Revisions that Apply to Very Small Quantity Generators

The new rule changed the name of the Generator Classification for those persons that produce the least amount of waste from Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator to Very Small Quantity Generator. There are Limited Requirements under both the previous regulations and the new final rule.
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New EPA Generator Rule Part Three: Hazardous Waste Determination

One of the most important, but often misunderstood parts of the hazardous waste (HW) regulations is the “Hazardous Waste Determination” that must be made by HW generators. As it is misunderstood, it is typically not done correctly. From different agency analyses, generators consistently fail to make an accurate hazardous waste determination, leading to the mismanagement of hazardous waste.
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New EPA Generator Rule Part Two: Definition of a Hazardous Waste Generator

A hazardous waste generator, by rule, is an entity, by site, whose acts or processes generate (produce or bring about) a solid waste that is:

  • listed in the hazardous waste regulations,
  • determined to be a characteristically hazardous, or
  • otherwise identified as a hazardous waste.

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