NCMS Launches New Dental Office Environmental Compliance Assistance Resource
The new resource includes plain language explanations of the rules, references, links, contacts and best practices, designed to uncomplicate the maze of environmental regulations facing dentists. The dental section covers wastewater, solid/hazardous waste, medical waste, and specific issues associated with x-ray wastes, dental amalgam, and other common dental office wastes. Go to Dental section.
Visit the New Veterinary Compliance Assistance Center
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) launched the Veterinary Compliance Assistance Center (VetCA) on July 15, 2011. VetCA, developed with the assistance of the American Veterinary Medical Association, provides veterinarians with everything they need to know
about meeting environmental regulatory obligations, all in one place. VetCA includes tools, references, links, and best practices, designed to uncomplicate the maze of environmental regulations facing vets. VetCA covers hazardous material/waste, medical waste, carcass disposal, facility issues, and more.
ETO Update. After February 28, 2010, a single chamber process is required for ethylene oxide (ETO) treatment of medical equipment and devices in hospitals and healthcare facilities. More ...
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE). Any healthcare facility with either emergency or non-emergency generators should be aware of the implications of this wide-reaching rule, which may require retrofits of existing generators. More...
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC). On Nov. 5, 2009 EPA promulgated revisions to the December 2008 amendments. Regulated facilities must develop and implement SPCC Plans that establish procedures and equipment requirements to help prevent oil discharges from reaching navigable waters. More...
On September 25, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a series of steps that building owners and school administrators should take to reduce exposure to PCBs that may be found in caulk in hospitals constructed or renovated between 1950 and 1978. More.
EPA Recommendation on the Disposal of Household Pharmaceuticals Collected by Take-Back Events, Mail-Back, and Other Collection Programs. More ...
New Federal Rule Establishes Requirements During Renovation, Repair and Painting Activities that Disturb Lead-Based Paint
The covered facilities include parts of hospitals where children under age six are present on a regular basis. The rule applies to renovation, repair or painting activities. (More information.)
Healthcare in New England. A guide to environmental resources and assistance for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Sustainable Healthcare. Current information and breaking news on sustainable practices, conferences/ workshops, and MLB maintained by Virginia Thompson, winner of the 2009 Federal Women's Program Heroine Award.
EPA proposes to add Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste to Universal Waste Rule. See Fact Sheet.
Disposal of Unused Medications
—Advice for Households
This fact sheet provides guidance to private citizens on ways to safely dispose of unused medications.
Epinephrine Fact Sheet: This fact sheet provides information to assist healthcare facilities with hazardous waste determinations regarding epinephrine wastes (PO42). For Information on state rules, download PharmWaste Technologies state summary.
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