COVID-19 Medical Waste Management
- Each state has published regulations for the handling and disposal of medical waste. Some states have posted specific COVID-19 guidance. Use our Regulated Medical Waste Tool to check on the rules in your state.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released general guidance on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) which should be reviewed closely and checked regularly. This includes appropriate infection prevention and control practices for the handling and packaging of items contaminated with COVID-19.
- Additional guidance can also be found on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website, COVID-19 overview.
- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has posted COVID-19 Waste Disposal Guidance.
- The California Department of Public Health has posted general guidance for the management of COVID-19 contaminated medical waste based on federal guidelines and standards.
- Stericycle has posted COVID-19: Regulated Medical Waste and Sharps Packaging Guidance.
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Managing Your Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Small Businesses. This new EPA handbook provides an overview of the federal hazardous waste regulations and helps businesses understand how best to comply with federal hazardous waste management regulations.
EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program (Open Date: June 13, 2019 – July 31, 201). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of its 2019-2020 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation to develop innovative technologies that protect human health and the environment. EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in the following topic areas: clean and safe water, air quality, land, homeland security, sustainable materials management and safer chemicals.
Become a HERC Sponsor. The Healthcare Environmental Resource Center (HERC) is seeking private sector sponsors to supplement U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant funding. Sponsorships ($5,000/yr.) will be sought from five sources. Sponsors will be able to provide input to website design, organization and content and will receive full acknowledgment as industry champions through various means including HERC website co-branding, linked banners and other promotional materials. Under this sponsorship program, the current federal grantee, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), will continue to manage and operate the HERC website. More information.
EPA Signs New Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals. Some pharmaceuticals are regulated as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when discarded. This final rule creates a new part 266 subpart P for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals by healthcare facilities and reverse distributors. More information.
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