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7 Things You Need To Know About Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Everyone knows that pharmaceutical waste when disposed of poorly, can have catastrophic effect on the environment and also on the life quality of people. Thus the EPA has been handing out such huge fines ( as high as $10,000 to $25,000 per violation a day, besides  to jail them) to facilities and corporations that do not manage to follow the disposal guidelines established by the law. The following things you have to know in order to avoid risking either the environment or  your own company.

Label your hazardous waste properly

Be convinced  that all of the pharmaceutical waste created by your company islabeled as hazardous, in such a way that the label is seen from wherever the container is viewed from.

For doing this, you need to determine the classification of dangerous waste. Characteristic or D-List waste has one of the following characteristics: reactivity, toxicity, ignitability or corrosively. Toxic or U-List waste contains most chemotherapy drugs. Acutely hazardous or P-List waste is the most hazardous.

Treat your P-List waste appropriately

P-List waste must be treated with all the respect it deserves, given how highly toxic it is. It must  be collected separately in case if it is  mixed with other materials, all of that waste is automatically considered  to be P-List,too. On the day  the waste container enters the storage area has to be visibly labeled. Companies also are obliged  to prove how much P-List waste they send  every month to an inspector.

Conduct weekly inspections of

An inspection needs to be held every week of all hazardous waste containers so as  to ensure that the  contents have not been compromised.

Don’t treat  biohazardous & pharmaceutical waste the same way

Biohazardous waste must be  sterilizedin order to abolish  the risk of infection and then disposed of in a landfill. Pharmaceutical waste cannot be disposed of in the same way, because it will disappear seeping into the water supply or surface water from a landfill. This kind of waste must  be detached and incinerated instead.

Never ever dump hazardous waste into the sewer

In case of violation of  this rule by anyone  with receiving  a citation from the EPA, and if the act was done deliberately, it could translate into jail time.

Train your employees well

It is important to train employees who deal  with pharmaceutical waste on proper disposal technique. All employees need to understand disposal and transportation methods. Employees who have  waste responsibilities related to their function, like nurses, physicians or lab technicians need to be given training  corresponding  to their duties. All training sessions must be completely documented.

Be prepared for emergencies

In case of emergency situations such as a chemical spill, it is important  that all the facilities within the building have a comprehensive emergency response plan to contain the immediate danger.

Glycon Medical Waste offers full service waste management specifically planned to serve the California Healthcare Industry. All waste generators whether large or small, are able to take part in waste management programs provided by Glycon Medical Waste. Services provided by Glycon Medical Waste are adjusted to bring specially-made waste disposal services to facilities providing the highest level of customer service and regulatory compliance.
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