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EPA proposes to add pharmaceutical waste to universal list

OSHA Healthcare Connection, December 9, 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a new rule that would add hazardous pharmaceutical wastes to the Universal Waste Rule.

The proposed rule creates a more streamlined waste management system for disposing of pharmaceutical waste and would apply to pharmacies, hospitals, physicians' offices, dentists' offices, outpatient care centers, ambulatory health care services, residential care facilities, and veterinary clinics, as well as other facilities that generate hazardous pharmaceutical wastes.

The EPA will be accepting comments until February 2, 2009. Click here for more information about the proposal and instruction on commenting.

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