MFA NEWS SCAN SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

MFA NEWS SCAN SEPTEMBER 29, 2014


- Thursday, October 02, 2014



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FEDERAL RULE ALLOWS FOR DRUG RETRIEVAL IN PHARMACIES

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)'s final rule on the collection of controlled substances, such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin-is designed to give consumers greater flexibility as to when, where, and how they can dispose of their unwanted medication.  The rule allows retail pharmacies, manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors and others to voluntarily apply for authorization to obtain and maintain on-site drug collection receptacles and provide mail-back programs.  Law enforcement agencies may also continue to collect controlled substances, and may also now offer mail-back programs.  While the rules "go into effect" October 9, 2014, consumers won't be able to start dropping off their medicines right away.  State and municipal governments, local law enforcement agencies, state boards of pharmacy, pharmacy retailers, manufacturers, reverse distributors, and a host of other stakeholders will need to take a number of steps to comply with and carry out the rules, including everything from modifying individual state pharmacy and drug disposal regulations to securing additional funding to support the expanded drug take-back programs.

 

OSHA Final Rules Expanding

Workplace Injury Reporting Requirements

Last week, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) released final rules that expand the list of severe work related injuries employers must report to OSHA.  The new rule makes three major changes: 1) adds amputations and loss of an eye on list of injuries required to be reported, 2) requires proactive reporting within 24 hours of an injury to a single employee, if the injury requires overnight hospitalization, and 3) includes a plan for OSHA to publish these reports of injuries on their website. The rule goes into effect for grocery stores and wholesalers on January 1, 2015.

 

MA ORGANIC WASTE BAN GOES INTO EFFECT

Effective Wednesday October 1, any business or entity that produced more than one ton per week of organic waste is now banned from putting it in with the rest of their trash, and must divert it from going to landfills or mixed in with other refuse.  MassDEP’s commercial food waste ban webpage is now live: Learn more:

·        Updated Map and Table of Massachusetts locations accepting food waste

·        MassDEP waste ban regulations and guidance

 

Please see the below press release that took place on Wednesday, October 1, the effective date of the Massachusetts' Commercial Organics Waste Disposal Ban:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/news/releases/patrick-administration-kicks-off-statewide-commercial-.html

 

You can find more information on the MassDEP web site at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/reduce/food-waste-ban.html and at www.recyclingworksma.com/

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MFA NEWS SCAN SEPTEMBER 29, 2014


- Thursday, October 02, 2014



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