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EPA Hazardous Waste e-Manifest Program

Posted by Krittika Govil on Mon, May 21, 2018

June 30, 2018 marks the launch date of EPA’s new national electronic manifesting system. This system, known as “e-Manifest,” will modernize the nation’s cradle-to-grave hazardous waste tracking process while saving valuable time, resources, and dollars for industry and states. It has been developed according to the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act, “e-Manifest Act”, enacted into law on October 5, 2012. Keep reading to see how your business will be impacted and what you can do to prepare for the upcoming regulatory deadline of June 30, 2018.

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Tags: EPA, regulatory compliance

Evaluating Employee Exposure to Spor-Klenz

Posted by Mark Liffers on Mon, Mar 12, 2018

For many years, a class of non-bleach liquid sporicidal disinfectants also known as cold sterilants, have been used throughout the biological research and pharmaceutical production industries to control microbial contamination on stainless steel, glass and plastic surfaces. These are made up of a stabilized mixture of peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid. Spor-Klenz®, manufactured by STERIS Life Sciences is a popular example. These products are readily available as pre-mixed solutions or as a concentrate that requires dilution, usually a 100 times dilution (one part concentrate to 99 parts purified water).

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Tags: life sciences, OSHA standards, healthcare, higher education, higher-ed

Outsourcing Waste Management? 7 Important Qualities to Look for in an Onsite Partner

Posted by Mike Albert on Mon, Mar 05, 2018

Choosing a hazardous waste management partner can be a difficult decision. The work is complicated and dangerous, and you need to make sure they are keeping your organization in full compliance with all regulations. Being able to hire a waste partner that you trust to take care of all things waste-related will allow your organization to focus on its core competencies without the extra stress. To help you narrow down the search when considering outsourcing waste management, take a look at seven characteristics you should be looking for when choosing your onsite partner.

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Tags: OSS, life sciences, healthcare, higher-ed, higher education, industrial, waste management services, waste management, haz waste, hazardous waste management, hazardous waste program, onsite hazardous waste programs, onsite hazardous waste program

USP General Chapter <800>

Posted by Ted Dubiel on Mon, Feb 26, 2018

USP General Chapter 800 provides standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients, and the environment in the United States. While the official date of General Chapter <800> isn't until December 1, 2019, many healthcare organizations and pharmacies within hospitals are preparing now, and USP strongly encourages early adoption to protect the public health in all healthcare settings. Keep reading to see some quick information about USP General Chapter <800> and what you can do to prepare for the standards.

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Tags: regulatory compliance, healthcare

Internally Managing Hazardous Waste: What Can Go Wrong?

Posted by Mike Albert on Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Managing a waste program is complicated. With so many moving parts, keeping every project up to standard can seem impossible. If your organization is managing waste internally, make sure your team is following state and federal regulations to ensure compliance and avoid the five consequences of mismanaging hazardous waste listed below. 

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Tags: Haz-Waste management, hazardous waste management, hazardous waste, hazmat, hazmat management, hazmat handling, life sciences, life science company, higher education, higher-ed, healthcare, healthcare industry

4 Best Practices for Maintaining Your Eyewash and Safety Showers

Posted by Alex Clavelle on Mon, Feb 12, 2018

Eyewash and safety showers are essential safety features in any setting where dangerous chemicals are used. It is rare to walk through a laboratory without coming across at least one, and with good reason: Any time a person comes in direct contact with a dangerous chemical, the response in the first 15 seconds after exposure is critical to preventing serious injury. While proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and process engineering can mitigate the risk of exposure, you still need to make sure your eyewash and safety showers will work if they need to be activated. It is not enough to simply install them at your site and move on. Rather, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure they are ready for use if an emergency occurs.

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RCRA Training Requirements: Know Them or Risk Fines

Posted by Doug Graham on Mon, Jan 29, 2018

RCRA civil penalties can be as high as $37,500 per violation, per day. While employee training is one of the most frequently cited violations, once you have a clear understanding of RCRA training requirements, it’s also one of the easiest to avoid. Like many generators, you probably know you are responsible for training employees but may be confused as to who needs to be trained and how much training is necessary. Add another layer of state-specific programs and you have a recipe for compliance issues. This post provides clarification around: who needs RCRA training, federal and state-specific training requirements, and what steps to take next.

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Tags: RCRA, RCRA Training, compliance, RCRA training requirements

Incubator, Cold Room, and Biological Safety Cabinet Contamination

Posted by Ryan Miller on Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Preventing and remediating contamination in incubators, cold rooms, and biological safety cabinets allows your organization to run a smoother operation, reduce equipment downtime, and create a safe, environmentally compliant, and healthy facility. Keep reading to learn how contamination in these places occurs, and how to remediate the situation and decontaminate the area.

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Tags: facilitycare, industrial, life sciences, healthcare, higher-ed, higher education, Biosafety

OSHA Standards: Top 10 Violations for 2017 Part II

Posted by Mark Liffers on Mon, Jan 15, 2018

OSHA StandardsEvery year, a list of the top 10 most violated OSHA standards is released. Last week, we offered an analysis of the top five standards on this list. Keep reading to see recommendations for some of the most frequently cited safety and health violations for 2017. Read More

Tags: OSHA, OSHA standard, OSHA violations, OSHA regulations, industrial, life sciences, healthcare, higher education, OSHA standards

Most Violated OSHA Standards: Analysis and Recommendations for 2017 Part I

Posted by Mark Liffers on Mon, Jan 08, 2018

OSHA StandardsEvery year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the ten most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year (OSHA top 10), determined by inspections of workplaces reviewing OSHA standards. In September 2017, the preliminary list was released.

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Tags: OSHA standard, OSHA, safety, OSHA violations, OSHA regulations, industrial, life sicences, healthcare, higher-ed, higher education

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