A question many facilities face once they have utilized all of a hazardous material or pharmaceutical is whether the seemingly empty container is trash or hazardous waste? While the answer can vary somewhat by state, here are some guidelines to review to make your determination.
Whether you are working in a laboratory, buying paint thinner at the hardware store, or driving behind a gasoline tanker truck on the road, you regularly see hazard communication (HAZCOM) symbols. These symbols can assist in keeping you safe as well as identify the hazards at the site that may need special waste disposal.
Pharmaceutical waste can create a serious hazard to human health and the environment if not disposed of safely. Proper disposal is even more important when the pharmaceutical waste is also classified as hazardous waste.
By definition, a hazardous waste is a waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. All wastes must go through a strict determination methodology to determine if the waste poses a threat to a person’s health and/or the environment – and would, therefore, be considered a hazardous waste by EPA regulations. Hazardous waste (HW) that is improperly classified – but managed off of a generator’s site to a Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) – would be considered “non-conforming waste.”
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Compliance with the new EPA Pharmaceutical Rule, “Management Standards of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine,” begins with a two-step process.
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