URMC Compliance Program Policy Manual:
Waste Disposal

Health care facilities produce waste of various types. URMC is committed to safe and responsible disposal of biomedical waste and other waste products. Compliance with applicable federal and state environmental regulations requires ongoing monitoring and care. URMC entities use a medical waste tracking system, biohazard labels, and biohazard containers for the disposal of infectious or physically dangerous medical or biological waste. Failure to follow the system could result in significant penalties to the entities in the System. Employees who come into contact with biological waste should be familiar with the employer's medical waste policy and procedures, and should report any deviations from the policy to the supervisor or the Compliance Officer.

The URMC entities comply with the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and other federal and state laws and regulations governing the incineration, treatment, storage, disposal, and discharge of waste. If an employee suspects noncompliance or violation of any of these requirements, the circumstances should be reported to a supervisor or to the Compliance Officer. Spills and releases of hazardous materials must be reported immediately, so that necessary reports can be made and cleanup can be initiated.

URMC supports ongoing legal and technical review to identify and correct environmental problems. The entities within the System will initiate environmental assessments and compliance audits as appropriate. Failure to prevent, report, or correct environmental problems can result in criminal and civil penalties as high as $50,000 per day per violation or $1 million total, imprisonment for up to five years, or both. Even merely negligent violations can result in imprisonment and substantial fines if they pose a serious threat to human health.

All employees and persons affiliated with the System are expected to follow their facilities' policies on waste disposal.