Tag Archives: Hospitals

Training Hospital First Responders on Hazardous Substance Exposure

Healthcare workers experience a number of risks in the workplace. One such risk is occupational exposure to chemical, biological, or radiological materials when hospitals receive patients contaminated with these hazardous substances. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), … Continue reading

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Do you dispose of pharmaceutical controlled substances?

As part of the work that we do for the healthcare industry on pharmaceutical waste management, we track regulations related to controlled substances.  On September 8, 2014 the US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final rule … Continue reading

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Tool Designed to Evaluate Total Cost of Medical Devices and Services

Practice Greenhealth recently announced the development of a new tool that will provide health care facilities with a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for medical devices and services.  The project is part of Practice Greenhealth’s Greening the Supply Chain Initiative … Continue reading

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Healthcare Sustainability

Increasing a healthcare facilities sustainability not only reduces their impact on the environment, but it can also make economic sense as well.  Many healthcare facilities have already started to incorporate sustainable practices.  Recently, the Washington Business Journal reported on one … Continue reading

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Environmental Compliance Assistance for Hospitals

Managing pharmaceutical waste and conserving energy at hospitals and health care facilities are both difficult and time-consuming, ongoing processes.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have specific regulations for managing pharmaceutical waste.  According to the EPA, a proposal is … Continue reading

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OSHA Offers New Resource for Hospital Worker Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new resource to help hospitals ensure the safety of their employees.  The online resource is entitled Worker Safety in Hospitals: Caring for our Caregivers. According to OSHA, the purpose of … Continue reading

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EPA Regulations on Generators at Health Care Facilities

Hospitals are no stranger to regulations, especially ones from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  In particular, the diesel powered emergency generators found at many health care facilities are subject to a number of EPA regulations and limits. These regulations were … Continue reading

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OSHA Announces Healthcare Outreach Campaign

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new outreach campaign in July.  The campaign will aim to protect health care workers.  More specifically, the program will raise awareness about the hazards to health care … Continue reading

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2013 Proposal to Address Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a proposal to create separate standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.  The proposal is a continuation of one created in December of 2008 to add hazardous waste pharmaceuticals to the Universal Waste Program.  This … Continue reading

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Healthcare Facilities Plastics Recycling Guide

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) has released HospiCycle, a plastics recycling guide for healthcare facilities.  According to the HPRC website, the purpose of the guide is to “help hospitals successfully integrate recycling practices into a patient care setting, and … Continue reading

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