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EPA publishes notices about pharmaceutical waste and medical incinerators

Hospital Safety Insider, December 3, 2008

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been busy this week with proposed hospital regulations:
  • In Tuesday’s Federal Register, the EPA released a proposed rule that would classify pharmaceutical waste as universal waste, which would make it easier for hospitals to handle and dispose of containers which have held any hazardous pharmaceutical waste. Currently, pharmaceutical waste falls under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the requirements of which often confuse healthcare workers, the EPA says. You can submit comments on this proposal to the agency until February 2.
  • In Monday’s Federal Register, the agency posted a revised response to a court remand regarding a complicated rule about emissions guidelines for medical incinerators. The rule, which has remained in effect during the remand, only involves 57 currently operating medical incinerators. Comments on the response are due by February 17.
Watch for further coverage of these topics in an upcoming issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety, which is part of all subscriptions to the Hospital Safety Center.



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