Getting a Handle on Drug Disposal
Many healthcare organizations might be aware of some of the key tenets of proper drug disposal, but it is essential that healthcare organizations implement a solid program to prevent negative environmental impacts, ensure regulatory compliance and support patient and staff safety for years to come.
While healthcare organizations have always had to appropriately manage drug waste, they must create and sustain an effective drug disposal program in order to remain compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA
) and the Department of Transportation (DOT
) regulations. Once organizations commit to implementing and building their drug disposal programs, it can be done in a few easy steps.
In our new white paper, we discuss how implementing an effective drug disposal program is key to an organization’s’ success. For example, the white paper details key areas that an organization should assess, such as classifying drugs into two categories—hazardous and non-hazardous—which will dictate the correct disposal method. Healthcare organizations should also obtain the appropriate drug disposal containers and make it a priority to train staff on proper drug disposal.
Learn more about how Stericycle helps organizations build a strong drug disposal program