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EPA Regulation Changes Will Affect Optometry Practices Starting This Month

The rules relate to hazardous waste pharmaceutical (HWP) management standards.

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A set of regulatory changes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will affect optometric practices and clinics starting Aug. 21, according to the American Optometric Association.

Hazardous waste pharmaceutical (HWP) management standards will prohibit healthcare facilities from disposing of such wastes down the drain, AOA reports. The standards apply to all healthcare facilities, irrespective of size or waste generation.

The rules are intended to “reduce the environmental and human health risks associated with some 1,644 to 2,300 tons of HWPs annually flushed down sinks, toilets or drains,” the association explains.

AOA is advising optometrists “to no longer rinse the remaining residue from empty pharmaceutical vessels and packaging, instead disposing of HWPs and packaging in hazardous waste accumulation containers.”

“What’s more, these new EPA regulations require certain HWPs to be sent to reverse distributors for manufacturer credit and, thus, cannot be disposed on-site,” the association states. “Based on the AOA’s evaluation, these new regulations will not apply to lens-edger waste from spectacle lenses — ‘swarf’ — as that byproduct is not considered a pharmaceutical, per the EPA’s definition.

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“Doctors of optometry with optical labs on-site are not required to make changes to swarf disposal based on this rule; however, the AOA will continue to monitor developments in solutions for recycling polycarbonate waste.”

The EPA says there will be no new inspection requirements for healthcare facilities.

 

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Eyecare Pros Rate Their Happiness with Work … and Life

Results of the 2019 Big Survey are in. Here’s a sample.

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IN INVISION’S FIRST annual Big Survey, we asked ECPs their overall satisfaction with their professional lives … as well as their overall satisfaction with life.

The good news? As a group, ECPs are happy with their careers, reporting an average of 7.9 on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being “extremely dissatisfied” and 10 being “totally satisfied”). The better news? You’re happier with your life as whole. The average response there was 8.2 on a scale from 1 to 10.

The happiest among you in both areas? Owners of eyewear boutiques without an affiliated OD.

The 2019 Big Survey was conducted from August to October and attracted responses from more than 500 American ECPs. Look out for all the full results in the November/December issue of INVISION.

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Everything Is Bigger in the South, Including Eyecare Practices

Results of the 2019 Big Survey are in. Here’s a sample.

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SEEMS THAT EVERYTHING is bigger in the South, according to INVISION’s Big Survey. The Northeast is home to a disproportionate number of smaller vision businesses, while bigger practices are most common in the South. Thirty-one percent of the small stores/practices in our survey — those with less than 1,500 square feet — were in the Northeast, while 41 percent of the big ones — those over 3,000 square feet — were in the South. These large operations were mostly either private practices with a focus on retail or medical model private practices with a small dispensary.

How big is your (main) location?

Less than 500 sq. ft
4%
500-999 sq. ft.
10%
1,000-1,499 sq. ft.
24%
1,500-1,999 sq. ft.
17%
2000-2499 sq. ft.
15%
2500-2999 sq. ft.
11%
3000-3,999 sq. ft.
8%
4,000-5000 sq. .ft.
6%
More than 5000 sq. ft.
5%

The 2019 Big Survey was conducted from August to October and attracted responses from more than 500 American ECPs. Look out for all the full results in the November/December issue of INVISION.

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Which State Has the Hardest-Working ECPs? And Which State Has the Weirdest? INVISION’s Big Survey Tells All!

Results of the 2019 Big Survey are in. Here’s a sample.

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INVISION’S FIRST ANNUAL Big Survey found out a lot of interesting information about the American ECP… even our Canadian friends to the north weighed in. We started with the basics, and they did not disappoint! Want to know which state has the most female owners, or which one has the weirdest ECPs? Here are few quick takes from the 2019 survey:

Californian ECPs were the least likely to own their places of business, with 82 percent renting.

Kansans were most likely to be open on Sunday with one in four stores and practices open on this traditional “rest” day.

They don’t take kindly to strangers asking questions in South Dakota. South Dakota, Louisiana and New Mexico were the only states not represented in our survey.

Michigan ECPs are some of the hardest working in the industry: 25 percent work more than 50 hours a week.

Florida had the most male owners and managers in our survey at 76 percent. Washington state had the most female owners at 86 percent.

Connecticut was tops for self-declared weirdness with ECPs there giving themselves an average score of 8.2 out of 10 on our weirdness scale.

The 2019 Big Survey was conducted from August to October and attracted responses from more than 500 American ECPs. Look out for all the full results in the November/December issue of INVISION.

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