Hazardous Waste Disposal in Healthcare: Remain in Compliance and Keep Workers Safe - On-Demand

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Hazardous Waste Disposal in Healthcare: Remain in Compliance and Keep Workers Safe - On-Demand

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Presented on: 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 

Presented by: 
Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT (ASCP), CHSP, CHFM, CJCP, HEM, MEP, CHEP 
Darrell J. Oman 

Complicated and confusing rules surround hazardous waste management at healthcare facilities, but the business, legal, and financial risks of not complying with the many regulations and agencies that monitor compliance are increasing. Join expert speakers Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT (ASCP), CHSP, CHFM, CJCP, HEM, MEP, CHEP, and Darrell J. Oman for this 90-minute on-demand webcast on the different types of waste generated, how to manage and dispose of it properly to remain in compliance with layers of regulations, and how to keep healthcare workers safe.

In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed broad new rules changes that, if enacted, will greatly affect the way healthcare facilities manage hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and other hazardous wastes. This webcast will help you understand these proposed rule changes and when they may occur.

The EPA, the Department of Transportation (DOT), OSHA, The Joint Commission, and other regulatory agencies or accreditors require hospitals to adhere to strict guidelines on the handling and disposal of hazardous wastes (pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical), universal wastes, and medical wastes. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear practical advice and have complex waste management regulations simplified in this program suitable for your whole organization.

Environmental regulations affecting healthcare facilities are complex, overlapping, and confusing—especially those regulating hazardous and pharmaceutical waste stream management. This session will enable attendees to: 

  • Differentiate EPA, DOT, and OSHA compliance requirements for healthcare wastes and waste management programs 
  • Link compliance with accreditation organizations such as The Joint Commission, DNV Healthcare, CMS, and College of American Pathologists (CAP) with EPA, DOT, and OSHA requirements 
  • Describe the five primary steps to implementing a healthcare campus–wide hazardous waste program 
  • Compare a facility's EPA environmental compliance readiness with actual case studies 
  • Identify and anticipate upcoming proposed regulatory changes in hazardous waste management and how those changes will affect facility operations

Who Should Listen: 

Facility directors, Safety officers, EVS directors, Environment of care committee members, Nursing staff, 
Pharmacy directors 


  • Major environmental regulations that affect healthcare 
    • Federal, state, and local regulations 
    • RCRA and conflict/compatibility with other regulations 
  • Healthcare waste streams review 
  • RCRA unraveled: Five steps to compliance 
    • Identifying the waste streams 
    • Collection and storage 
    • Employee education 
    • Documentation and manifests 
    • Emergency and spill response 
  • Proposed hazardous waste disposal changes for 2016 and beyond 
    • USEPA proposed new rules 
    • Crucial changes in healthcare hazardous and pharmaceutical waste management 
  • Consequences of not having a compliant hazardous waste management plan 
  • Hazardous waste program best management practices and lessons learned 
    • Compliance inspections and corrective actions 
    • Facility program management 
  • Q&A (not live) 

Meet the Speakers: 

Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT (ASCP), CHSP, CHFM, CJCP, HEM, MEP, CHEP, is principal of Superior Performance, LLC, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She is an independent safety consultant with more than 40 years of healthcare experience. She is currently working with a number of healthcare systems nationally for CMS and Joint Commission readiness in the areas of environment of care, life safety, and emergency management. McFarlane is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and the American Society of Safety Engineers, and serves on the WHEA Code Committee. She has authored The Compliance Guide to the OSHA Standard for Hazardous Chemical Labeling and The OSHA Training Handbook for Healthcare Facilities, Second Edition, and also serves as an author for the HCPro medical and dental OSHA manuals and OSHA eLearning programs. 

Darrell J. Oman has more than 25 years of consulting and management experience in the environmental, health, and safety field and has presented at numerous national and regional professional and industry-sector conferences, including the 2015 ASHE annual conference in Boston. He currently is program manager of consulting services, compliance, and regulatory affairs for Stericycle Environmental Solutions in Blaine, Minnesota. There, he specializes in regulatory compliance auditing, EH&S program development, and consulting and comprehensive waste management assessments for hospital systems, healthcare-related corporations, and various retail, manufacturing, and industrial corporations throughout the United States. 

Webinar system requirements and program materials:
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location.

No problem. The On-Demand version is also available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Participation in this webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

Call your customer service representative toll-free 800-650-6787 or email customerservice@hcpro.com if you have questions.