This page will help you determine if a given waste material must be classified as hazardous. The rules are spelled out in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and in the large body of regulations developed by the Environmental Protection Agency to implement RCRA.
Medical waste is any kind of waste that contains infectious material (or material that’s potentially infectious). This definition includes waste generated by healthcare facilities like physician’s offices, hospitals, dental practices, laboratories, medical research facilities, and veterinary clinics.
Hazardous materials are substances that could harm human health or the environment. Hazardous means dangerous, so these materials must be handled the right way.
A hospital pharmacy can easily have several thousand distinct pharmaceutical materials in inventory. Any of these materials can enter the waste stream, and some must be managed as hazardous wastes.
Although dental offices don’t appear to have much in common with heavy industry or the construction sector, they are all regulated by the same federal and state laws that protect our environment and are equally subject to penalties when the rules are not followed. Like most businesses, dental offices want to comply with regulations. However, it can be difficult relating to and interpreting rules that seemingly apply only to factories or large hospitals. To help […]
What is RMW ? Regulated medical waste (RMW), also known as ‘biohazardous’ waste or ‘infectious medical’ waste, is the portion of the waste stream that may be contaminated by blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials, thus posing a significant risk of transmitting infection. There are several key categories of waste that are typically classified as ‘regulated’. Each category typically has special handling requirements that may be country-specific. Types of Regulated Medical Waste : […]