The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new hazardous waste management requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities.
Hazardous waste, including pharmaceuticals, generated at LTC facilities will no longer be exempt as household hazardous waste. The agency is concerned LTC facilities create a wider variety of and a higher amount of hazardous waste to be exempt with household status.
“Given that long-term care facilities are licensed settings for the care of their residents and routinely provide healthcare services, we believe that long-term care facilities more closely resemble hospitals than typical residences,” according to the proposal.
If the rule is passed as is, LTC facilities would need to manage their hazardous waste pharmaceuticals in accordance with healthcare facility specific management standards as outlined in Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C.
Comments are open until Nov. 24.