Hazardous Waste in Healthcare: A Guide to Regulatory Compliance

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Hazardous Waste in Healthcare: A Guide to Regulatory Compliance

James Crouch, BSBM, MHA, MSAJS

The EPA is expected to change its hazardous waste regulations in 2017. Many hospitals are confused by how to comply with these regulations—and some aren’t even aware the regulations exist. To make things even more complicated, The Joint Commission, OSHA, and the EPA all have different compliance criteria. This complete resource helps safety officers wade through the confusion using tools, checklists, and forms. The new regulations will be here soon, so the time to start preparing is now!

This book will help you:

  • Navigate the EPA’s proposed hazardous waste rule changes
  • Prepare for compliance with customizable tools, checklists, and forms from industry experts
  • Understand all areas of hazardous waste compliance

About the Author:

James Crouch, BSBM, MHA, MSAJS, is safety and regulations specialist for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is in charge of hazardous waste management in more than 13 hospitals, four urgent care centers, and more than 300 medical clinics in western Michigan. Crouch has worked in healthcare safety for the past 10 years, and has served as the Michigan Region 6 bioterrorism coordinator—a vital role coordinating the activities of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Hospital Preparedness Program, fostering collaboration, and building relationships with regional partners covering 13 counties. In addition, Crouch has 10 years of managing safety, including hazardous materials, in the manufacturing industry. He is a certified firefighter with more than 19 years of experience. He has served on many different hazardous materials response teams and serves as a consultant to local emergency responders in Michigan.

Published: June 2016

Dimensions: 8.5x11
ISBN: 978-1-68308-092-3

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction
2. Regulatory Requirements 

a. The regulations we all know 

i. The Joint Commission 
ii. OSHA 

b. The regulations we may not know 

i. EPA 
ii. SARA Title III 
iii. Tier II 
iv. DOT 

3. The Best Programs Begin With an Assessment 

a. First step inventory 

i. Sample chemical inventory forms 

b. Identifying the waste 

i. Examples of waste in healthcare 

c. Conducting the assessment 

i. Example environmental assessment 

4. EPA Generator ID Application 

a. Evaluation of generator status 

5. Hazardous Waste Accumulation Standards and Assessments 

a. Accumulation standards 
b. Accumulation inspections 

i. Sample inspection form 

6. Hazardous Waste Shipments 

a. Selecting a destruction facility 

i. Site audit, sample audit form 

b. Manifest regulations 

i. Sample manifest tracking form 

c. Staff training 

i. Sample training outline 

7. Bringing This All Together 

a. Building a successful environmental management system 
b. Sustaining the program