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Epinephrine Salts Disposal

Q: I noted in my Jan/Feb 2008 issue of the OSHA Watch Newsletter that disposal requirements for Epinephrine salts are changing as a result of a recent EPA memo. You said:

"... the EPA brings some relief clarifying the scope of the P042 listing does not include epinephrine salts. This is significant because most, if not all, of the epinephrine used in medical applications is one of several epinephrine salts. The EPA letter applies to the federal program only. As most states implement their own EPA programs, some may regulate epinephrine salts more stringently than the federal regulations."

Is this also true for practices in Illinois? I was not able to find any of this information on the Illinois EPA web site.

A: We were able to get information for Illinois EPA via phone. They do adopt the federal position to exempt epinephrine salts from the P042 listing. For reference, Quality America spoke to Ted Dragovich on January 30th, 2008 at (217) 524-3306.

For more information about the EPA's P-list, U-list, and what your practice has to do to be in compliance with hazardous chemical disposal laws, check out Tab 8 (Tab 5 for dental practices) of Quality America's OSHA Safety Program Manual.

Posted by Quality America on January 30, 2008 | Comments (2)


We are located in New Jersey. What is the proper procedure for us disposing of expired epi from the code carts?

Posted by: Sandy Melloni at February 18, 2008 09:33 AM

Heard back from Charlie D'Amico from the NJ EPA today at (609)984-6985. He reports that indeed NJ is in line with the federal guidance. Therefore, you will not have to dispose of epinephrine salts as hazardous waste. Glad to be able to bring good news!

Posted by: Sarah Alholm at February 26, 2008 04:53 PM

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