Clinically-Engineered USP <800> Waste Disposal Solutions 

What is USP <800>?

The handling of hazardous drugs in any healthcare facility comes with serious responsibilities. The main purpose of the USP general chapter <800> is to clearly and thoroughly outline these responsibilities.

It describes the engineering and facility controls, spill controls, decontaminating, deactivating and cleaning procedures, and documentation required when handling hazardous drugs. 

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) guidelines, drugs are considered hazardous if they exhibit the following characteristics in animals or humans:

  • Carcinogenicity
  • Teratogenicity
  • Developmental toxicity
  • Reproductive toxicity
  • Organ toxicity at low doses
  • Genotoxicity
  • Toxicity and structure profiles imitating hazardous drugs

Whether they’re receiving, preparing, administering or transporting hazardous drugs,  all healthcare workers handling such substances must adhere to the USP general chapter <800> guidelines.

One of the major components of USP <800> is the Assessment of Risk (AoR). This establishes safe work practices with the best known containment strategies for controlling hazardous drug contamination. The required AoR elements include risk exposure, manipulation, packaging, documentation of possible containment procedures and work practices, a drug dosage form, and annual review and documentation.




The Main Purpose of USP General Chapter <800>

The main purpose of the USP <800> guidelines is to protect frontline healthcare employees in contact with hazardous drugs. The standard dictates new waste handling requirements for PPE and other items that have come into contact with the hazardous drugs listed in the NIOSH guidelines.

The USP <800> standard is kept at the forefront of Daniels’ containment solutions. These products are clinically-engineered to aid training and safety plans around hazardous drugs. 

USP <800> Compliance and Hazardous Drug Management

According to the NIOSH guidelines for hazardous drugs, gloves, masks, foot covers, bunny suits and gowns used in administering any USP <800> classified substance are considered “contaminated”. As a result, they fall into a new disposal and waste containment category. 

Ensuring Safety Beyond the Hospital

Daniels has over 35 years of experience as an industry leader in the safe collection, transportation and treatment of all healthcare generated waste streams. The combination of compliance expertise and clinically-engineered waste solutions protects the safety risk exposure and regulatory responsibilities of healthcare facilities managing USP <800> waste.

The USP <800> containment solutions are taken in custom transporters to minimize contamination. They’re sanitized through robotic washing to achieve an unparalleled level of cleanliness and a reduction in bacterial load. Daniels’ CT22 and CT64 containers enable point-of-use segregation of sharps and PPE USP <800> classified waste in a single mobile unit. This is best practice for handling hazardous drugs.

Daniels has also partnered with multiple healthcare facilities to implement the Chemosmart system. This cost-effective and compliant solution is made for the disposal of exposed PPE, drug packaging and trace residues of newly classified drugs. 


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Daniels’ USP <800> Waste Solutions: Compliant and Eco-Friendly


Daniels’ clinically-engineered USP <800> waste containers have inbuilt seals, which minimize odors and prevent leakages.


Daniels’ USP <800> trace chemotherapy waste solution is more cost-effective than black-bin hazardous waste systems. This reusable device eliminates the need for single-use containers, which helps reduce the carbon footprint of the healthcare industry.


Daniels’ bagless and hands-free USP <800> containment systems mitigate risks of contamination. The mobile cart operation and foot pedal accessory enable point-of-generation waste disposal to further minimize infection transfer risks.


At Daniels Health, safety is our number one priority. The Chemosmart products are the only DOT containers approved for transport and impenetrability. They have inbuilt safety mechanisms to protect healthcare workers during use.

"Partnership in Sustainability..."

Here at Centegra we are all about our future footprint concerning our environmental waste, this is where Daniels Health and Centegra become a very good match. Centegra’s working relationship with Daniels has been very professional throughout the years. One of the outstanding points that comes to mind is the reliability that Daniels has proven time and time again. 

Tammie Johnson

Cumberland Medical Center, Crossville, Tennessee

"The Safety of my staff..."

We are currently using Daniels sharps containers in all our departments. I, as the infection control sister at La Verna, have not experienced any problems with the containers provided and I am assured of the safety of all my staff and others through the correct use of these containers.

Sr Jonker, Infection Control Sister

La Verna Hospital, South Africa

"Could not be more pleased..."

I could not be more pleased with the customer service and products we have received from Daniels.  Our business manager is part of our team and always willing to jump right into any situation, ready to problem solve and help

Jennifer Foster (Manager, Infection Control/Accreditation & Regulatory Services).

Holy Cross Germantown Hospital

"Increased Staff Satisfaction..."

Since Daniels took over our sharps removal in mid 2005, the level of staff satisfaction throughout this facility has increased significantly.

Joseph Rizzo, Environmental Services

Lancaster Regional Medical Center, USA

"I definitely recommend..."

Daniels and Paul Oliver have a good working relationship.  We really like the Sharpsmart for their safety and durability as well as the process Daniels uses makes sure the containers are clean and smelling good when returned back to the hospital.  Both Daniels and the hospital are ECO friendly so the match is good between us. I would definitely recommend Daniels.

Glenn Canning (EVS Director)

Paul Oliver Hospital