In order to comply with the new USP <800> ruling for hazardous waste handling, it’s critical to maintain quality control standards when it comes to the environment you’re working in. With the deadline of the new USP <800> ruling for hazardous waste compliance drawing near, you and your staff should prepare your facility accordingly.
Environmental wipe sampling for HD surface residue should be performed routinely every 6 months on:
- Interior of the containment primary engineering controls (C-PEC)
- Pass-through chambers
- Staging or work areas
- Areas near C-PEC
Before each use, wipe sampling kits should be verified that the methods and reagents recover a specific percentage of known marker drugs from various surface types found in the areas.
If contamination is found it’s imperative to follow proper protocol which includes:
- Identifying the substance
- Documenting the cause
- Containing the contamination
- Deactivating, decontaminating and cleaning
- Reevaluating practices and procedures
- Improving engineering controls
Following these guidelines will help you to remain compliant with USP <800> guidelines and will help keep you and your staff safe.
For more information on how to remain compliant, check out our series of blogs on the USP General Chapter <800> on our website. You can also download our free handbook.