The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined a medical device manufacturing facility $30,000 for the improper management of hazardous waste at its Tucson facility.
Inspections at MRI Manufacturing and Research, Inc. in 2010 uncovered violations of federal standards governing the handling and storing of hazardous waste. In this case, the materials were industrial solvents used to manufacture medical devices, such as tubing for catheters. Among the violations were mislabeled or unlabeled containers, failure to provide proof of employee training and inadequate record keeping at a hazardous waste small quantity generator.
Under the EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act program, hazardous substances must be stored, handled and disposed of using measures that safeguard public health and the environment.
For more information on the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, please visit the EPA’s web site at: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/civil/rcra/index.html
For Immediate Release: October 13, 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency