What a waste

By: October 27th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

It’s probably safe to say that if you work in the medical field, you don’t want to see your name in the newspaper preceding the words “illegally dumping waste.”

To avoid being in that infamous headline, be sure to adhere to the most recent Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (formally NCCLS) guidelines which were last updated in 2002. You can expect further updates to be released in 2010, but in the meantime, it’s important to remember waste management is not limited to “red bag” waste, but includes hazardous, exhausts, water, solid waste and waste transportation.And OSHA isn’t the only one responsible for regulation. Below are list of standards laboratories are expected to follow.

  1. United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 40 CFR Parts 260-266
  2. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 10 CFR Parts 1-150, primarily 19 and 20
  3. Department of Transportation (DOT) 49 CFR Parts 171-179
  4. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
    a. General Waste Disposal 29 CFR 1910.141 (a)(4)(i-ii) 
    b. Personal Protective Equipment 29 CFR 1910.132 
    c. Specification for Accident Prevention 29 CFR 1910.145
    d. Hazard Communication Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200
    e. Bloodborne Pathogen Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030
    f. Hazardous Substances in Laboratories 20 CFR 1910.1450

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