Healthcare Environmental Resource Center

HERC provides pollution prevention and environmental compliance assistance information for the healthcare sector. It is intended to be a comprehensive resource, covering all the varieties of hospital wastes, and all the rules that apply to them, including both federal regulations and the specific rules that apply in your state. HERC also includes environmental compliance information for dental offices and assisted living/nursing care communities.

This website was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Funding for this project has been provided by EPA under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program. For more information, or to pass along suggestions, please contact: Lisa Stobierski, Sr. Program Manager.

The information contained in this site is provided for your review and convenience. It is not intended to provide legal advice with respect to any federal, state, or local regulation. You should consult with legal counsel and appropriate authorities before interpreting any regulations or undertaking any specific course of action.

Please note that many of the regulatory discussions on HERC refer to federal regulations. In many cases, states or local governments have promulgated relevant rules and standards that are different and/or more stringent than the federal regulations. Therefore, to assure full compliance, you should investigate and comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

Industry News
09/01/2023 - Regulated Medical Waste – Five Common Violations at Healthcare Facilities [more]

08/09/2023 - Healthcare Waste - A Serious Problem for Global Health - NLM 2023 Report [more]

08/08/2023 - Ten Most Common Hazardous Waste Violations Found in Hospitals [more]

07/27/2023 - Pyrolysis to Treat/Dispose Medical Waste: How Does it Fair Against Alternative Methods? [more]

07/26/2023 - FDA adopts new sterilization standard to support switch from ethylene oxide [more]

06/13/2023 - EPA Clarifies Regulatory Status of Spent Lithium Batteries [more]


What's New on HERC

HERC publishes 10-Step Blueprint for Managing Pharmaceutical Waste in US Healthcare Facilities. This guidance document, developed in cooperation with US EPA and Charlotte Smith will assist healthcare facilities meet the new Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals.

HERC Adds New Guidance for Non-Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste. This new section covers disposal of pharmaceutical waste that is not regulated under EPA RCRA Subpart C (hazardous waste rules), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) or US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulations.

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.

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.

Practice Greenhealth

Need help in carrying out your waste reduction, mercury elimination, or environmental compliance program? Practice Greenhealth can show you the way.

The HERCenter has special pages covering your state's rules for the following topics:

RCRA/Hazardous Waste | Universal Waste | Regulated Medical Waste
OSHA | Air Pollution | Asbestos | C&D Debris

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