Compliance with the litany of local, state, and federal laws and guidelines for pharmaceutical waste can be overwhelming for a busy pharmacy. However, to comply with the laws pharmacies are required to know and understand all of the requirements for their waste handling and disposal for both hazardous and non-hazardous materials. As a generator, pharmacies are held accountable for ensuring the safety of the public and the environment with proper waste disposal in what is called the “cradle-to-grave” concept. Contracting with a licensed and knowledgeable medical waste disposal company such as Healthcare Waste Management will ensure all pharmaceutical waste is disposed up properly.
The Four Key Elements for Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal
Staff must be trained in identifying and segregating each type of pharmaceutical waste so that it is placed in the appropriate containers for pickup and disposal. State and federal laws require that each type of waste has specific handling and medical waste disposal companies such as Healthcare Waste Management offers online training for staff to ensure compliance. Staff training is one of the most critical ways to ensure that everyone is accommodating all of the laws while also maintaining safety and health for the public, patients, and the environment.
Mandated Compliance Reporting is required as proof that each type of pharmaceutical waste was disposed of according to guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency, the DOT (Department of Transportation), and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). A licensed waste management company such as Healthcare Waste Management supplies all of the appropriate documentation of proof of proper disposal. The documentation is required for both reporting and potential audits.
Flexible and Secure Pickups: The best medical waste disposal companies such as Healthcare Waste Management have invested in their own vehicles, disposal facilities, and all employees. Aware of all state and federal laws, HWM offers the proper containers that are sealable, puncture-resistant, and leak-proof so that they are easily identifiable for coordinated pickups. HWM can work with a pharmacy to discuss the do’s and don’ts for safe handling and storage of all pharmaceutical waste.
Transparent Agreement: HWM makes sure that there are “no surprises” with easy and transparent contracts. As owners of both trucks and disposal facilities, there will never be any third parties involved and no extra or hidden charges. HWM employs, trains, and certifies all of our own drivers and staff to make sure we offer top quality service.
Understanding the Pharmacy Industry
As a premier medical waste disposal company, HWM sets high standards in understanding the pharmacy environment. Our professional staff can act as consultants to help clarify the laws and guidelines for pharmacy employees so that the chaos of the day doesn’t supercede the protection required for pharmaceutical waste disposal. We will work with a pharmacy to assist in establishing some easy methods that offer safety such as point of generation disposal. Contacting with one company that takes care of all of the needs of pharmacy waste disposal is a smart move, ensures compliance, and is cost-effective.
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