Safety

EPA relaxes waste restrictions on epinephrine salt

OSHA Healthcare Connection, October 23, 2007

In an opinion posted last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that epinephrine salts are not covered under the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act.

Epinephrine has been at the center of a debate over whether it truly qualifies as a so-called "P-listed" hazardous waste, a designation which brings with it reporting and training requirements.

"Any chemical or formulation where epinephrine salt is the sole active ingredient is not a [P-listed] hazardous waste when discarded," the EPA said.

Epinephrine, which is frequently found in healthcare facilities, is used to treat anaphylaxis and sepsis. Epinephrine-base solutions, which are more concentrated than salts, still qualify as P-listed waste, according to the EPA.

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