While every lab or pharmacy has its own unique needs, all healthcare facilities must comply with government regulations when disposing of hazardous chemical and pharmaceutical wastes. Each facility also has its own complex combination of budgets, workflows, formularies and delivery systems, which can make it difficult to determine which of many waste regulations are applicable. Managing multiple waste streams and regulations can distract from patient care, while a mistake or oversight can result in serious regulatory consequences.
Stericycle Environmental Solutions offers healthcare waste management programs that are customized to meet the specific needs of your facilities. From lab packing and simple transportation and disposal to comprehensive on-site program management, service offerings are tailored to provide any healthcare facility with savings, efficiency, compliance and confidence.
The following healthcare waste management services are available:
Laboratories and other healthcare facilities accumulate chemicals in both work and storage areas. In addition to occupying valuable space, these chemicals are also potentially dangerous. As a result, strict federal, state, and local laws regulate the storage, repackaging, shipping, and disposal of these chemicals. Lab chemicals must be managed in a way that protects people, minimizes regulatory risk and maximizes usable space. Successful chemical management requires extensive regulatory knowledge, professional expertise and close attention to detail.
Stericycle’s professional lab pack services remove and safely manage outdated, contaminated, leaking, or unidentified chemicals, thereby increasing usable space, protecting people and maintaining compliance.
Lab packing services remove hazardous and nonhazardous chemicals such as:
During a service appointment, lab pack teams of expertly trained professionals properly classify hazardous waste in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Technicians can also pack and store chemicals during temporary moves, for example when relocation is made necessary by building construction.
Technical lab pack personnel include chemists, chemical engineers, environmental scientists, and specialized technicians. In addition to their academic expertise, each team member has multiple years of relevant technical experience. These highly trained and experienced specialists help customers safely manage the proper removal and disposal of all chemical waste.
Upon arriving with all necessary packaging and documentation, chemists conduct a chemical inventory before safely repackaging compatible chemicals from smaller containers into larger DOT-approved shipping containers. Finally, all containers are labeled, shipping manifests are completed and the potentially hazardous chemicals are safely removed.
Generators of pharmaceutical waste face extensive penalties for violating any one of numerous regulations, regardless of waste quantity. To further complicate the issue, many healthcare facilities have diverse departments, services, and buildings, each producing different waste types that are in turn covered by diverse compliance requirements, best practices and standards. Safe and compliant pharmaceutical waste management requires extensive healthcare experience, knowledge of the changing healthcare regulatory environment, highly trained technicians and thorough tracking and recordkeeping.
Stericycle Environmental Solutions has offered regulated pharmaceutical waste disposal services to healthcare facilities since 1990. In addition to the best customer service in the industry, customers benefit from online access to required records and data and the country’s largest network of Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs).
Technicians bring the highest level of professionalism and efficiency to every pick-up, minimizing interruptions while protecting facilities from potential violations and penalties. A team of experts oversees every step of the closely regulated pharmaceutical waste management process including assessment and facility set-up, employee training, waste separation/segregation, regulatory documentation and reporting, safe waste transport and compliant destruction.
Stericycle expertly manages complex and changing waste disposal requirements with a focus on state-specific requirements. As a DEA Registrant, we are authorized to manage the destruction of controlled substances (C-II through C-V). Customers also have access to complete solutions for other prescription pharmaceuticals, including hazardous pharmaceutical waste disposal. The industry’s best pharmaceutical waste management service enables healthcare providers to focus more attention on the patients and families they serve.
To help reduce the impact of pharmaceutical waste on the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon be releasing a Final Rule on the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. While the new regulations have not been officially released, here are the highlights of the proposed rule and potential impact.
In addition to pharmaceutical waste, healthcare facilities, including integrated delivery networks, hospitals and multisite medical centers also produce various types of biohazards and other hazardous waste. In a vigorous enforcement climate, healthcare providers need a combination of unmatched expertise and fully customizable programs for compliant hazardous waste removal and disposal.
Stericycle Environmental Solutions offers turnkey healthcare hazardous waste services designed to deliver accountability and expertise at every step. Highly trained technicians, compliant packaging for containment and segregation and a fleet of specially equipped trucks professionally address every need from categorization to transportation. Additionally, hazardous waste reporting expertise helps ensure that the entire disposal process is documented and reported for full compliance with various OSHA, DOT and EPA regulations.
Hazardous Waste Management service offerings include: