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Leveraging Technology to Ensure Reliable Hazardous Drug Disposal

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Pharmaceutical Waste and the Environment

It seems like the impact of pharmaceutical waste on the environment hits the news every day, and your healthcare employees and community members are becoming more aware of these issues as well. It's important that you're working with your staff to ensure they're aware of the proper way to manage these materials. Being prepared and knowing what to do will help you and your employees mitigate risks both for their health and the health of the environment, while protecting you from potential legal liability. 

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Topics: Drug Waste, Pharmaceutical Waste, Drug Disposal, Healthcare Technology

Key Strategies for Ensuring Proper Hazardous Drug Disposal

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Focus on Long-term Care Facilities

Did you know that long-term care facilities are some of the biggest producers of drug waste? This high volume comes from the populations they treat. Patients with comorbidities require more medication that is likely considered “hazardous”—equating into more hazardous waste. While some wastes may be hazardous or non-hazardous by EPA regulations, it is important to understand what is being generated and what regulations both at a federal and state level apply. Additionally, facilities should be assessing how they are managing controlled substances based on the DEA regulations which came out in autumn 2014.

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Topics: Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste

Medical Waste Incineration Is an Essential Component of Our Healthcare System

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 02:44 PM

By Selin Hoboy, Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Stericycle

We are very fortunate in the U.S. to have an excellent and readily available healthcare system. However, maintaining such a system requires many behind-the-scenes support services that many of us are unaware of or take for granted. Managing medical waste is one such service. Every day, a wide range of potentially infectious or chemical waste is created requiring special disposal; this includes needles from routine vaccinations, tumors removed from patients, trace chemicals remaining in an IV line, or bloodied supplies from treating an accident victim.

Of millions of tons of waste generated from our ho spital systems each year, just 6-8% percent (per Practice Greenhealth) is considered “regulated medical waste” requiring treatment from companies like Stericycle.  While most people think that all regulated medical waste is incinerated, only about 10% is treated via incineration.
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Topics: Medical Waste

What Personal Protective Equipment Do You Need? Gear Up.

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is in wide use throughout general industry workplaces today in the form of masks, gloves, eye shields, etc. The presence of such items in many non-healthcare related work settings makes it is easy to assume that everyone knows how to properly use such common items and what their limitations may be.

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Topics: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ppe

Sharps Containers: What’s in? What’s out?

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

Most states provide guidelines to define what belongs in a regulated medical waste sharps container.

Federal OSHA describes the discarding and containment of sharps in the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard where it states, “contaminated sharps shall be discarded immediately or as soon as feasible.”

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Topics: Sharps Disposal, Sharps Containers

OSHA Compliance: What Are 5 “Can’t-Miss” Areas for Color Coding and Biohazard Labeling?

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 01:11 PM

Three signals can alert you to the presence of a biohazard or biohazardous waste:

  • The word “biohazard”
  • The biohazard symbol, or
  • The fluorescent orange or orange-red color-coding

Source: CFR 1910.1030(g)(1)(i)(C)

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, Biohazard Waste, OSHA Compliance Program, biohazard labels

True or False? I Will Get 100% on This Sharps Disposal Quiz.

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Answer “TRUE” or “FALSE” to the following statements. These statements are regarding workers at facilities who are exposed to occupational hazards that may lead to the transmission of bloodborne pathogens (BBP) when using needles, syringes or other sharps.

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, Stericycle, Sharps Container, Sharps Container Disposal

New Year Rings in New OSHA Regulations – Part 2

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Exempt or Partially Exempt?

There are 2 classes of employers that are exempt from the federal OSHA requirement to keep any of the recordkeeping forms mentioned in Part 1 of New Year Rings in New OSHA Regulations:

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Topics: OSHA Compliance

New Year Rings in New OSHA Regulations – Part 1

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 09:29 AM

Here’s a bit of news you should know: Federal OSHA just changed the rules. Before, it required the work-related hospitalization of three or more injuries to be reported to OSHA. Now, a single workplace injury resulting in an in-patient hospitalization, an amputation, or the loss of an eye requires reporting to OSHA within 24 hours by calling 800-321-6742 or by calling the closest OSHA Area Office. As always, any work-related fatality requires reporting within 8-hours. The updated rule went into effect on January 1, 2015. 

Federal OSHA discusses the reporting change above, as well as changes to its 1904 Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements page that is accessible at https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/

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Topics: OSHA Compliance

19 OSHA & Regulatory Action Items for 2015

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

Ensure that your facility complies with OSHA deadlines and regulations.

These 19 action items for annual OSHA (or other regulatory agency) requirements affect most healthcare facilities, including medical practices, dental offices, and community providers.

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Topics: OSHA Training, OSHA Medical, OSHA Dental

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