Audit, Compliance and Risk Blog

California Requires Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste Stewardship

Posted by Jon Elliott on Tue, Jan 29, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2019, a new California law establishes extensive requirements for proper management of waste pharmaceuticals and “sharps.” These new provisions complement – but aren’t actually well-connected to -- medical waste management requirements (I outlined typical state-based requirements here), and workplace provisions to protect workers from “bloodborne pathogens” that may be present because of health and medical procedures and the wastes they generate (I discussed OSHA’s “BBP” Standard here). The rest of this note summarizes these new requirements, adopted by Senate Bill (SB) 212 (Jackson).

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Tags: Environmental, Environmental risks, Hazcom, pharmaceuticals, California Legislation, Health & Safety

Protecting Employees Against Bloodborne Pathogens

Posted by Jon Elliott on Tue, May 10, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to protect their employees against possible exposure to “bloodborne pathogens (BBPs).” OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard prescribes protections for workers occupationally exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Healthcare workers are the most obvious beneficiaries, but emergency responders and others may also be regularly at risk to these exposures.

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Tags: Employer Best Practices, Health & Safety, OSHA, Employee Rights, Environmental risks, EHS, Hazcom, pharmaceuticals

EPA Proposes Pharmaceutical Waste Management Requirements

Posted by Jon Elliott on Thu, Nov 19, 2015

Pills.jpgIf your organization manages pharmaceuticals, do you know if any of its waste pharmaceuticals are regulated as “hazardous waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)? And do you know which ones, and why or why not?

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Tags: Health & Safety, OSHA, Environmental risks, Environmental, Hazcom, pharmaceuticals