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Lead aprons and hazardous waste disposal

I found myself in an e-mail conversation recently about the disposal of lead radiation aprons and whether there is a hazardous waste or EPA aspect to this activity.

My experience has been that these aprons indeed do need to be disposed of as hazardous waste. However, you may be able to prevail upon the vendor from which you’ll obtain new aprons to help you out in this regard.

In such cases, a vendor may have some sort of up-charge, but maybe you can negotiate it into the price of the new aprons.

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Steve MacArthur About the Author: Steve MacArthur is a safety consultant with The Greeley Company in Danvers, Mass. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare management and consulting experience to his work with hospitals, physician offices, and ambulatory care facilities across the country. He is the author of HCPro's Hospital Safety Director's Handbook and is contributing editor for Briefings on Hospital Safety. Contact Steve at stevemacsafetyspace@gmail.com.

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