Study Into Recycling Medical Plastics Could Provide Cure For Hospitals

By P.J. Heller A study into creating a single waste stream of flexible plastics from hospitals and converting that material into new products – rather than shipping it off as waste to bulging landfills – could, if successful, provide medical facilities nationwide with a new viable recycling alternative.  “This is an opportunity to find viable solutions to remove more plastics …

New EPA Pharmaceutical Waste Rule Impacts Healthcare Providers

By Sandy Woodthorpe Signed by the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on December 11, 2018, the EPA’s final rule addresses and clarifies compliance with the agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations for certain pharmaceuticals generated at healthcare facilities and managed at reverse distributors. According to EPA, this final rule establishes cost-saving, streamlined standards for handling hazardous …

Healthcare Industry Stays In Line With Online Compliance Services

By P.J. Heller Compliance by the healthcare industry with the myriad rules and regulations issued by a variety of governmental agencies — from the federal level on down — can often be a major challenge. Missteps, either unknowingly or willful, can have serious, and sometimes expensive, repercussions.  “It is nearly impossible to overstate the complexity of healthcare compliance,” says Michael …

Study: Far-UVC Light Zaps Airborne Viruses Without Harming Human Tissue

By P.J. Heller The benefits of using ultraviolet light in healthcare applications – killing microbes and bacteria and sterilizing surgical instruments and operating rooms — has long been known. But the risks posed to people associated with using so-called germicidal UVC light, particularly skin cancer and cataracts, have prevented its widespread use in public spaces.  Now, however, researchers have reported …

EPA Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category (Amalgam Separator Rule)

By Chris Wall, Medentex HWI member The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rule for technology-based pre-treatment standards under the Clean Water Act. This new rule, coined the “EPA Amalgam Separator Rule”, will reduce mercury discharges from dental offices discharging into the municipal sewage system where the wastewater is treated at the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW). ”  Although …