Cradle-to-grave regulations: What you need to know
How well do you understand “cradle-to-grave” regulations? And why are they important for your medical waste?
The “cradle-to-grave” system is a procedure in which hazardous materials are identified and followed by descriptive documents called manifests. Cradle-to-grave comes from The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976. Whomever generates the waste is responsible for it from generation to its final destination of disposal.
Your responsibilities don’t stop at the sharps container! From the time that waste is generated (cradle), to the time it reaches the incinerator (grave), it is your responsibility, whether you manage it personally or you hire someone to do it for you. So it’s important to become familiar with the laws that govern safe disposal.
We want to make sure you are aware of your responsibilities. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have a medical waste management plan?
- Are your containers properly labeled and filled?
- Are you storing your waste properly?
- Are you packaging, labeling and transporting your waste properly?
If you can answer “yes” to one or all, you’re off to a good start. But it doesn’t stop there. You are still responsible for your waste when it leaves your facility.
If an incident happens to occur at any point during your waste’s lifecycle, you could be held liable and may also be obligated to pay costs associated with cleanup and penalties.
Here at LB Medwaste, our professional waste handlers will ensure that your waste is disposed of properly, safely, and securely, so that you maintain compliance … until the “grave.”