US EPA has finalized major updates to its management standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. Proposed in 2015, the new standards will allow health-care facilities and other sites that manage these wastes to exclude hazardous waste pharmaceuticals (HWP) from the stricter standard hazardous waste regulations.
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In addition to explicitly prohibiting discharges of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals into public sewer systems, the new EPA Final Rule lays out an extensive set of requirements that facilities must follow in order to qualify for the management relief.
New EPA requirements for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals include:
The rule will likely affect generators of waste pharmaceuticals in the following NAICS industry sectors:
- Training for certain employees who handle and accumulate these wastes
- Hazardous waste determinations
- New, unique accumulation rules and time limits
- Specific labeling requirements for certain hazardous waste pharmaceutical containers
- Reporting, recordkeeping, and release response standards
- Land disposal restrictions (LDR) for certain hazardous waste pharmaceuticals
- Manifests for certain off-site shipments
Pharmacies, vet clinics, physicians’ offices, dentists’ offices, other health practitioners like chiropractors, outpatient care centers, other ambulatory health-care services, hospitals, nursing care facilities, continuing care retirement communities, some medical examiners and coroners’ offices, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and various other pharmaceutical reverse distributors.
Health-care workers often have their hands full with patient care. Deciding how to dispose of hazardous waste should be clear and easy for these employees so that they can focus on the important job of taking care of people. The sites affected by this Final Rule can manage thousands of regulated products, each subject to specific management requirements—some of which are even more strictly regulated as “acute” hazardous waste.
Live on January 22, 2019: Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Webinar
On January 22
, Lion will present a live webinar to cover what’s changing for healthcare facilities
and others who manage pharmaceuticals and contaminated empty containers.
Join an expert hazardous waste instructor and get up to date on what you must do to achieve and maintain compliance with EPA’s new rules for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.