Archive for: Hazardous Waste
Kaiser’s South Bay Medical Center will pay $73,615.40 in fines for unlawful disposal of medical waste.
A New Hampshire hospital was fined for improper disposal of pharmaceutical waste.
Changes to the Hazard Communication Standard, which incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, require employers to train workers by December 1, 2013. OSHA Healthcare Advisor asked its readers whether they think this is enough time to train workers on the changes in the standard. Here are the results:
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will occur in various locations nationwide Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A doctor in Bonita Springs, FL, disposed of medical waste … the problem is it wasn’t at his practice.
Stephen J Kaskie was arrested and charged with disposing of hazardous waste without a permit for allegedly dropping off five red bags of regulated medical waste at the door of Bonita Community Health Center, where he once, but no longer, rents space, according to WBBH-TV, February 10.
In addition to general medical waste, the red bags also contained contaminated needles, according to the report.
“I think it’s absolutely disgusting that a doctor would do something like that – a doctor of all people!” patient Ellen Stewart told WBBH-TV. “There’s no telling what kind of diseases, what kind of infections might have been present in those materials.”
To assess you regulated medical waste policy, download the Regulated Medical Waste Checklist from the Tool page.
A New Mexico hospital is having trouble mending its ways with regard to regulated medical waste disposal.
Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe, NM, has paid $21,400 for violating the state’s Environment Department regulations for improperly disposing of infectious waste, reported Waste Recycling News on May 17.
Here’s a “Jersey thing” that shouldn’t be limited to just the Garden State.
A frequently asked question submitted to the OSHA Healthcare Advisor concerns medical waste. The common misconception is that federal OSHA regulates this area.
However, that is only partly true. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard (1910.1030) addresses exposure hazards to regulated waste particularly at the point of generation, initial containment, bagging, and labeling
From Medical Environment Update, March 2010:
Although autoclaving is the preferred method of sterilization, glutaraldehyde is a high-level disinfectant that is commonly used to sterilize instruments that cannot withstand the heat of a steam sterilizer. Avoid using glutaraldehyde on an instrument before autoclaving it.
Don’t get excited, or in an uproar for that matter; the headline does not protect MTV’s reality show of the same name from cancellation. It refers to New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s signing into law a measure to toughen the financial penalties against illegal ocean dumping.
Q: Is it illegal to have mercury thermometers and blood pressure devices in medical practices?
A: To my knowledge there is no federal or state-wide prohibition against using mercury devices in healthcare, only a memorandum of agreement between the EPA and the AHA to eliminate mercury eventually from healthcare settings.