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  • Writer's pictureTom Petersen

Effective EPA Compliance for Healthcare

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

  1. Create a waste inventory of all departments with the type of waste and how it should be collected and disposed.

  2. Collect waste in properly secured and labeled containers in designated locations near where it can be generated.

  3. Restrict collection access to containers to trained, authorized personnel.

  4. Obtain all disposal registrations and permits.  If you have any questions about treatment methods or permits, we can help you.

  5. Some pharmaceutical waste is considered hazardous and requires special handling and disposal. Ensure hospital staff understand and follow the correct disposal requirements for different types of drug products. You can find more information about this complex topic in our blog posts here and here, and at the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. Green Chemistry.  Hospitals are a stew of chemicals, and staff exposure is a primary concern.  In addition to their routine handling of known chemicals, hospitals need to be aware that when new chemicals are introduced into the hospital, these routine controls may be inadequate.  Many hospitals are actively supporting “Green Chemistry” that reduces or eliminates the use of hazardous substances.  Where you have a choice, choose green chemicals with the least effects on health and the environment. Healthcare facilities face unique challenges in meeting complex federal, state, and local regulations.  We specialize in helping your industry not only meet, but exceed, required guidelines and standards.  In addition, as part of our commitment to sustainability, we can work with you to improve the environment of your facility while contributing to a sustainable environment for everyone! Please contact us at Environmental and Engineering Solutions or call us at 215-881-9401 to discuss your needs and how we can help meet them. In part 4 of our healthcare series, which will post next Thursday, we’ll give you some tips for effective oversight during construction and remodeling in hospitals.



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