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PWGC Healthcare Newsletter — Fall 2014 Edition
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Fall Newsletter

Hospitals Edition

Our hospitals newsletters assist Facilities Engineering and
other departments within hospitals to stay updated on ever-changing environmental rules, regulations, and other issues pertinent to the healthcare industry.

More States Adopting the Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Final Rule


As published in our Spring 2014 newsletter, the EPA issued the Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Final Rule to modify the hazardous waste management regulations for solvent-contaminated wipes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) which became effective January 31, 2014. The rule revises the definition of solid waste to conditionally exclude solvent-contaminated wipes that are cleaned and reused and revises the definition of hazardous waste to conditionally exclude disposable solvent-contaminated wipes. The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is assisting with promoting the adoption of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule on industrial wiping. Currently, the following states: Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have all implemented the rule in its entirety. The state of Montana is expected to become the next state to adopt the rule.


Contact PWGC to find out if your state has adopted the new rule.

For more information see: http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/wastetypes/wasteid/solvents/wipes.htm

The website includes:

  • A step-by-step process to identify ways to reduce pharmaceutical waste 
  • Waste reduction strategies proven to show results
  • A database searchable by drug, delivery method or source area
  • Forms for sharing results, ideas and studies
  • Additional resources for reducing pharmaceutical waste and complying with regulations in the USA

NOTE: Improper Waste Management Can Lead to Violations and Fines!


It is important to have regular internal or third party inspections of solid and hazardous waste generated at your facilities to ensure compliance with regulations. Violations such as improper record-keeping and labeling, open containers, missing paperwork, and improper hazardous waste determination can lead to large fines (over $100,000). Such violations can be avoided with regular auditing.

Contact PWGC today for assistance!

 
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