As some of the largest demographics of our population has aged there has been an increase in long term care facilities. These locations can include assisted living facilities, skilled nursing homes, senior living communities, clinics, and hospice. The patients that live in these environments often have a variety of disease states, with treatment regimens that can be dangerous to others within the facilities. Unlike hospitals or doctor’s offices, long term care clinics often have unique conditions that allow many more outside individuals into the location. The medical waste that is generated in long term care clinics is required to be handled and stored according to the local, state, and federal guidelines so that there is no exposure to medical staff, visitors, other patients, the community or the environment. Long term care clinics use licensed and certified medical waste disposal companies to ensure that all medical waste is ultimately treated to a nonhazardous state and safely disposed of.
Since patients of long term care clinics reside at the facilities, the potential for contamination increases due to longevity and the variety of patients. Many of the patients have disorders and diseases that require additional steps to ensure the safety of all staff, patients, and visitors.
Each state has its own OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) department and in any case where there is a question, guidelines default to federal OSHA laws. The training for all staff and volunteers of any long term care clinic is required and must involve the details of such topics as identifying medical waste, the safe handling and storage of medical waste, labeling and containers, emergency procedures, safe storage of containers containing medical waste. All containers and bags must be identified with the universal biohazard label. Bags must be puncture proof, leak-proof and sealable and all containers must be sturdy and sealable.
The best medical waste disposal companies offer up-to-date OSHA-compliant training for employees that include certification.
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