Archive for: Waste Management

Fluorescent bulb disposal

By: December 17th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Disposal of fluorescent bulbs is regulated by local and state landfill requirements. As an example, here is what the Nebraska state laws requires:

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Handling different types of lab waste

By: October 22nd, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Chemical waste must be handled according to the manufacturer’s requirements on the material safety data sheets (MSDS). Hazardous chemical disposal is regulated through state and local governmental agencies. It is important to get proper authorization from these agencies to dispose of the chemicals and utilize licensed lab-packing companies to package and ship the chemical waste for proper disposal.

Regulated waste is placed in containers that are closable and constructed to contain all contents and to prevent fluids from leaking during handling, storage, transport, or shipping. The containers are labeled and closed before removal to prevent the contents from spilling or protruding during handling, storage, transport, or shipping. If outside contamination of the regulated waste container occurs, it is placed in a second container that has the same qualities as the first (e.g., closable, leak-proof) and is handled in the same manner.

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Think outside the box when disposing of broken slides

By: May 14th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

For those of you concerned about how to dispose of contaminated microscope slides, here’s some guidance on what not to do.

A Phoenix veterinary laboratory faces civil penalties totaling $80,000 for routinely disposing of glass microscope slides and cover slips that contained animal tissue specimens into a dumpster, according to NAZ Today.

Arizona law states that slides and cover slips are classified as biohazardous medical sharps, and must be stored in a container that is “rigid, puncture-resistant, leakproof, and fitted with a locking cap.” The container must also be labeled with a biohazardous medical symbol and disposed of at a biohazardous medical waste facility.

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Medical Environment Update—Greening your facility without sacrificing safety

By: March 3rd, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Today’s eco-friendly initiatives are not only safe and easy, but could save you some money, reports the March issue of Medical Environment Update.

When it comes to going green, medical facilities are in a league of their own. Although smaller medical offices may not deal with the 24/7 energy-sapping schedule, they still face more waste and energy needs than the typical business.

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Going green by reducing the red

By: March 3rd, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

There is one initiative that healthcare facilities both large and small can implement and make a pretty significant impact on the environment.

Oh, and did we mention it could save you a little cash as well.

This month’s issue of Medical Environment Update features an article about greening your healthcare practice.

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Ask the Expert—Syringes as medical waste

By: February 9th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: For an uncontaminated syringe used only to flush an IV line, may we dispose as regular solid waste?

A: OSHA says you may, but it does not have oversight responsibility for state waste regulations.

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Even with EPA’s proposed pharmaceutical waste changes, state regulations still matter

By: February 5th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Pharmaceutical waste, as they say in the industry, is a very sticky wicket. There is certainly a great deal of anticipation that the RCRA restrictions (nice alliteration, eh?) will be relaxed to a degree that is most favorable to healthcare facilities when it comes to this waste (see the free article posted on the Hospital Safety Connection for a brief rundown of what’s happening and happening and how to comment on the proposal, which the EPA will accept until March 4).

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Plastic surgeon turns to liposuction fuel; gets good mileage per gallon of love handles

By: January 6th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

You’ve heard of living off the fat of the land. Well, one California doctor took that a step further, and has been living off the fat of his patients. Literally.

Dr. Craig Allan Bittner, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, began using the fat he removed from his patients during liposuction procedures to fuel his SUV and his girlfriend’s Lincoln Navigator,

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Poll Question: What should we do with medical waste?

By: January 5th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

You won’t find very many people these days who aren’t in favor of finding alternatives to gasoline, but are you willing to go this far?

A recent story in (click here for the blog post) reported that Dr. Craig Alan Bittner, a Beverly Hills, CA plastic surgeon, used the fat from liposuction procedures to fuel his SUV and his girlfriends Lincoln Navigator .

Is Dr. Bittner an innovator or did he take it too far? Should we be considering these options when disposing of medical waste?

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Putting a lid on medical waste violations

By: November 24th, 2008 Email This Post Print This Post

How difficult is it to get the regulated medical waste (RMW) into a red bag, then to the licensed waste hauler, and disposed of according to state law? Apparently it isn’t as easy as you would think.

My Google search for regulated medical waste routinely digs up incidents where healthcare facilities appear to violate RMW laws. Though vastly different in circumstances, here are two examples that generated a dumpster full of problems.

A dentist, Thomas W. McFarland Jr., of Wynnewood, PA, was indicted for unlawful discharge of a pollutant and unlawful disposal of regulated medical waste, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 19. McFarland, who practices in Pennsylvania but owns a beach house in Township, NJ, allegedly took small motor boat to the Townsend Inlet and dumped syringes, swabs, and capsules of used filling material. (Didn’t Tony Soprano try this “disposal” method with the rat Sal Bonpensiero?)

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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.

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