The Hazardous waste and materiel Management functions that is one of seven primary plans involved with the Environment of Care. Environmental Health and Safety developed this document to identify and educate staff on the processes utilized to provide a safe, secure environmentally friendly work area. The Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Plan describes how the Hospital establishes and maintains a program to safely control hazardous materials and wastes. The Plan is a comprehensive plan that meets or exceeds all Federal, State, and local regulations and accrediting agency requirements. The plan is designed, communicated, implemented, measured, assessed and changed when improvements are needed and as regulations require. The Hospital Safety Officer and the subcommittee review the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Plan at least annually and it is updated as needed.

The Hospital off sites policy and procedures are included in the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Policy and Procedures. Staff in these facilities receives training in hazardous materials and wastes in Re-certification and Orientation training. Regulated medical waste is collected from hospital off sites by an authorized regulated medical waste contractor. Site specific handling and disposal as well as emergency procedures including response to spills, leaks or odors are identified in these EH&S policies. Radiation Protection Services provides oversight and monitoring for all off site facilities using radioactive materials.

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  • The Hospital creates and maintains chemical inventories of hazardous materials by department. These inventories are used to prepare department specific Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
  • Chemical Waste Inventory - Storing, transporting, and disposing.
  • Ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
  • Asbestos
  • Infectious and regulated medical waste, including sharps - Storing, transporting, and disposing.