P-Listed Waste Handling: Are You Doing It Right?

P-Listed Waste Handling in California

P-Listed Hazardous waste (such as Coumadin, Nicotine patches, and Trisenox) in California is handled more conservatively than the federal government requires. Many healthcare workers struggle to remember the steps for proper disposal of these common drugs. Is your facility complying to the proper handling of California’s regulations of these substances?

California’s Requirements

In the state of California, the hazardous waste container and residue are to BOTH be managed as hazardous waste. This differs slightly from the federal requirements outlined by the EPA as their guidance has served to be confusing to healthcare facilities and, at times, challenging to implement. As a result, California took on stricter regulations with the hopes of clarifying the guidance for healthcare professionals. These precautions set forth by the state may seem like an added burden on proper disposal, but they are critical to maintaining healthy environments in our state.

More Questions?

For a detailed description of these differences, check out this letter published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

For specific questions about proper management of P-Listed Hazardous waste in your facility, contact San Diego Medical Waste Services, LLC, for more information: info@sdmedwaste.com or 619-990-4604.