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NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Pharmaceutical Waste Management

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Environment, New Service Spotlight, Safety

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Published on May 06, 2010 with No Comments

Clean Harbors, a Norwell, MA-based provider of environmental, energy, and industrial services, now offers customized pharmaceutical waste management and removal programs for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Each program combines frontline collection procedures, waste removal, sorting, and disposal programs that support each facility’s procedures by using pharmaceutical waste management practices that conform to the operational structure while meeting regulatory requirements.

The company’s pharmaceutical waste management offering is available either as a comprehensive on-site service that eliminates the need for in-house waste management staff or as a menu of services to address specific needs. Services include:

  • Rx Waste Characterization
  • Rx Program Design
  • Medical Floor Rx Collection Services
  • Main Accumulation Area Management
  • Transportation & Disposal at Clean Harbors company owned and operated facilities

Commented John Kelsey, vice president healthcare at Clean Harbors, “Every health facility has a slightly different approach to pharmaceutical waste management. It may be based on historic practices or it may be the result of organization-specific job descriptions and functions. Regardless, each must effectively address pharmaceutical waste management in order to meet current regulations. Clean Harbors starts by learning our customers’ processes and then designing our services to fit into and improve on the model, while removing the waste management burden from management and staff. Our program allows the most seamless execution with Nursing, Pharmacy, EVS [Environmental Services] and other departments that results in the most efficient and compliant pharmaceutical program required by acute care facilities.”

Clean Harbors pharmaceutical waste services adhere to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Universal Waste (UW) handling regulations. The company monitors federal, state and local regulations to help ensure that waste management practices are always in compliance.

(Photo courtesy of Clean Harbors)

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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