There has been an explosion of news coverage recently concerning issues with pharmaceuticals. There is an opioid epidemic, causing concerns for the proper management of opioids — mostly prescribed pills of pain relief opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin. There is also a high level of environmental concern reflecting the disposal of medications of all types, as there are many studies that have been completed on the impacts of human-use pharmaceuticals on water habitats.
Medical waste is regulated by many government agencies. This can make staying in compliance complicated and time-consuming. Since states, counties, and even cities can differ in their requirements, waste generators must be aware of all the different regulations. In this blog, we will discuss a number of differences between state medical waste regulations.
Regulated medical waste, sharps waste, isolation waste, hazardous waste, and universal waste…what’s the difference, and how should they be segregated for proper disposal? This blog will discuss the differences between these healthcare-related wastes and how to safely dispose of them while saving money and reducing your chance of regulatory violations.
Every year throughout the United States, 8 million people use more than 3 billion sharps to manage medical conditions at home. Needle disposal in public places is a growing concern. With more and more Americans self-injecting, many employers are choosing to follow the guidance included in OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to help reduce the potential of employee and customer needlesticks. If self-injectors do not have convenient access to proper sharps disposal, the needle typically ends up in the trash or discarded in a parking lot or other public area.
Just when you thought that your waste was packaged properly, you learn that your state has laws that differ from federal regulations. Did you know that states have the authority to add additional rules to many federal regulations? It’s important to follow local, state, and federal requirements when packaging and labeling your waste. Here are a few simple steps that you can follow to lessen the potential environmental, safety, and financial risks associated with improper packaging of your medical waste.