This is an update of the article originally published on August 6, 2014. Regulations change frequently. That’s why Sharps Compliance monitors updates and communicates any changes to its customers.
“I don’t have time to close up and label the medical waste box – so the medical waste transport driver does it.”
This statement is often uttered by busy employees responsible for managing their facility’s medical waste. However, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and other regulatory bodies place the onus of responsibility for preparing and packaging medical waste on the generator of the waste, not the transporter.
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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.
Continue reading “Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) Labels Explained”
The deadline for Sharps Compliance’s scholarship essay is quickly approaching. Essays and applications are due by Sunday, May 31. More details can be found here.
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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.
Continue reading “Sharps Compliance White Paper Explains How to Identify and Safely Dispose of Pharmaceutical Hazardous Wastes. Is Your Facility Compliant?”
Most parents worry about their teens getting access to drugs at school or in social settings – not at the dentist. However, the American Dental Association and private insurers have expressed concerns about the widespread practice of prescribing opioid painkillers to teens after oral surgeries. The patients who filled those opioid prescriptions were nearly three times as likely to use opioids in the year after the prescription.
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