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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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Sustainability for Hospitals

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has revamped its website created to help hospital facilities meet their sustainability goals. The website, The Sustainability Roadmap, was developed along with The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Association for the Healthcare Environment … Continue reading

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Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Wiki

Regulations concerning hazardous waste can often be cumbersome and difficult to understand.  These regulations were created under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and are governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Included in RCRA are regulations regarding pharmaceuticals.  … Continue reading

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Regulation of Pharmaceutical Waste

Since the passage of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 1976, the U.S. EPA has not used its clearly defined authority to determine whether certain pharmaceuticals should be classified as hazardous waste.  EPA hasn’t even established a process … Continue reading

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Sustainability and The Healthier Hospitals Initiative

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is an industry wide movement designed to incorporate the principles of sustainability into current health care practices.  When the healthcare industry realized that sustainability could produce cost savings, while simultaneously mitigating environmental impacts, the development … Continue reading

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Is Your Facility Exempt From The Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines Rule?

The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) regulations were finalized on Friday, August 20, 2010.  The rule is designed to regulate unconventional and conventional air toxics emitted from stationary engines that include … Continue reading

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