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EPA issues final rule on hazardous waste handling

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, May 1, 2019

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It’s been 11 years in the making, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a final rule that will affect the way hospitals and other healthcare associations handle and dispose of their hazardous pharmaceutical wastes.

The final rule has gone through several iterations. In 2008, the EPA first proposed to add pharmaceuticals to the types of hazardous wastes that could be managed as “universal wastes” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when discarded. The idea was to create cost-saving, streamlined standards to better fit the operations of the healthcare sector while maintaining protection of human health and the environment.

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