Home
 
Login  
About Hospital Safety Center  
Career Center  
Contact Us
 
Subscribe  
       Free Resources
Hospital Safety Insider
E-Newsletter

 
Mac's Safety Space  
        News & Analysis
Healthcare Safety Leader  
Environment of Care Leader  
Forms and Checklists Library  

 

 

     
This is an excerpt from a member-only article. To read the article in its entirety, please login, subscribe, or try out HSC for 30 days.

Failure to comply with RCRA while disposing of waste could prove costly

EMAIL THIS STORY | PRINT THIS STORY | SUBSCRIBE | ARCHIVES

August 1, 2018

  Until about a decade ago, inspectors from the federal EPA and comparable state agencies did not venture onto healthcare campuses very often, said Darrell J. Oman, program manager of consulting services for Stericycle Environmental Solutions.

That changed, he said, once the EPA “looked at revisiting the pharmaceutical hazardous waste world” and saw that many healthcare facilities were not fully complying with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which has been in effect since the 1970s.

“They started asking questions of [hazardous waste] generators and vendors like us about what the issues were. And I think the agency realized healthcare in general was probably not managing all their waste streams correctly,” Oman said in November 2017 while cohosting an HCPro webinar on RCRA compliance. “So I think that was an awakening for them.” 

 Developed by the EPA and passed into law in 1976, RCRA was created, McFarlane said, to protect human health and the environment by stopping open dumping and preventing hazardous waste from being buried in landfills and seeping into groundwater. Also aiming to eliminate waste, RCRA ushered in the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” era. 



This is an excerpt from a member-only article. To read the article in its entirety, please login, subscribe, or try out HSC for 30 days.

Subscribe Now!
Sign up for our free e-newsletter
About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Statement | Contact Us
Copyright © 2020. Hospital Safety Center.