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Seeking input on waste management book

Hi folks –

Once again, it’s time to ask your opinion about books we at the Safety group at HCPro are working on.

Our latest effort, due out in May, will be a book about hazardous waste handling and management in hospitals, with an eye on regulatory compliance and worker safety.

As you may know, the EPA is considering proposed new regulations governing pharmaceutical waste. Rules currently under review include banning pharmaceutical flushing and labeling of materials that produce hazardous waste. Also, with a rise in unique infectious diseases such as Ebola in healthcare, many hospitals are confused about proper disposal, especially as many trash haulers will not accept Class A medical waste, and such waste is subject to ever-stricter incineration standards.

In addition, as regulations become stronger, and hospitals not in compliance can be fined by the day, the disposal of hazardous wastes in a hospital become much more confusing and crucial to follow. We’d like to do a book that helps you wade through the regulations, explains the different kinds of waste generated, and give you tips on how you can reduce waste in your hospital and save money.

There is not much out there, and most of what is written dates to the 1990s, which indicates most recent information hospitals have to go on is 20 years old. Most hospitals are governed under the RCRA Act 1976 for waste disposal, and are governed by the amount per month of waste generated. It behooves hospitals to cut the amount of medical waste generated to cut costs.

In our 2015 Safety Customer Survey, 63% said they were interested in a book about waste reduction, specifically about decreasing needs for red bags, EPA generator requirements, reducing hazardous waste, and less hazardous alternatives for commonly-used products.

I’d like to know your thoughts on this book – what you’d like to see in it, what the need for the book is, and what tools, checklists and information you’d like to read about.

Please shoot me an email with your thoughts as soon as possible at jpalmer@hcpro.com. Your input will help shape the content of the book!

Thank you!

John Palmer