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New Disposal Option for Pharmaceutical Waste

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that they are in the process of developing a proposal to establish standards for the management and disposal of hazardous pharmaceutical waste. We can hopefully expect this proposal in 2015.  In the meantime, … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes Updates to Ozone Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to strengthen ground-level ozone, or smog, standards.  The EPA proposed a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) while also taking comments on a level as low as 60 ppb. The … Continue reading

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Effective EPA Compliance for Healthcare

This is the third post in our 4-part blog series for the healthcare industry. To view part one, click here and part two, click here. We help our clients meet the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and we also help … Continue reading

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Effective Federal OSHA Oversight

This is the second post in our 4-part blog series for the healthcare industry. To view part one, click here. Health care workers face unique challenges from lifting and transporting patients, needle sticks, handling hazardous waste, chemical and drug exposures, … Continue reading

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Environmental Solutions Network – Our New LinkedIn Group

  We have just started a new Group on LinkedIn. Environmental Solutions Network provides a forum for environmental managers and directors (and others interested in regulatory compliance and sustainability) to exchange ideas, share best practices and get answers to questions around … Continue reading

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House Passes Bill Limiting the Scientific Research Available to the EPA

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would limit the type of scientific research available to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use when crafting regulations. The bill, named the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014, passed … Continue reading

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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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Does Your Company Employ Temporary Workers?

If your facility has temporary workers, you should be aware of a new recommended practice, jointly issued by OSHA and NIOSH on August 25, 2014.  This document, titled Recommended Practices:  Protecting Temporary Workers, applies to temporary (or supplied) worker staffing … Continue reading

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New PA Flexible Packaging Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has adopted new requirements for owners and operators of affected printing presses.  The requirements will be adopted as part of 25 PA Code Sections 129.67a and 129.67b, which limit volatile organic compound (VOC) … Continue reading

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