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How to Safely Manage Pharmaceutical Waste in Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Facilities

How to Safely Manage Pharmaceutical Waste in Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Facilities

Managing pharmaceutical waste in nursing homes and long-term care facilities has its own unique challenges.

Regardless of what industry your facility falls into, the pharmaceutical waste management requirements stated in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) remain the same. Managing pharmaceutical waste in nursing homes and long-term care facilities has its unique challenges. There are often many residents, and each one has different pharmaceutical needs.

Properly-Trained Staff is Key

The number one way to ensure that your facility’s pharmaceutical waste management remains compliant is to train your staff properly. People can’t know how to handle these things unless they are taught. For example, there is a difference between pharmaceutical waste and pharmaceutical products. Training would inform your staff what pharmaceutical items are indeed waste, and how to properly dispose of that waste, and which items can be sent back to their manufacturer for credit. Keep in mind; this is just one of many things that can be learned with proper training.

Keep it Convenient

Now that your staff knows the proper way to dispose of everything, you should make sure it is convenient for them to do so. Working in a nursing home or long-term care facility can be demanding. Proper pharmaceutical waste management shouldn’t make it more challenging. Place all necessary containers in convenient locations throughout your facility so that no one has to go out of their way to properly dispose of things. Then, make sure those containers are emptied regularly. Be mindful that even if a container doesn’t look full, if the waste is up to the fill line it needs to be emptied.

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No matter what kind of environmental issue you may have, AEG Environmental can help. We handle every situation with care, dedication, and a commitment to exemplary customer service. When you have an emergency, you can rely on us! Need training? We can handle that too! We train in a wide variety of environmental management areas so that your company can remain compliant with EPA, DOT, and OSHA. Make sure to check out our blog for the latest and greatest in the waste management world! You should also follow us on social media for updates.

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