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Biohazard Waste Disposal for Dental Offices



April 21, 2021



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Biohazard Waste Disposal for Dental Offices

Biohazard Waste Disposal for Dental Offices. Dental offices generate a dangerous medical waste that is required to comply with strict and careful guidelines for handling, storage, and disposal. Each type of waste must be segregated and comply with state and federal laws for destruction. Compliance with the laws is mandatory and noncompliance can result in not only hefty fines, but danger to people and the environment. Biohazard waste, also referred to as “infectious waste,” is any item that is contaminated or potentially contaminated with agents that are infectious or could transmit infectious diseases.

There are several federal organizations that have established specific laws for various types of medical waste. Every Dental organization is required to comply with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) as well as DOT (Department of Transportation), EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to ensure that medical waste, including biohazard waste is properly disposed of in compliance with the laws and to have proof of destruction certificates from professional medical waste disposal companies such as Healthcare Waste Management.

Types of Dental Medical Waste

Dental offices are involved in numerous types of procedures that can produce medical waste. Some of the common biohazard medical waste created in a dental office can include but is not limited to:

Dental medical waste that is considered to be hazardous can include but is not limited to:

Biohazard Waste Disposal

There are designated containers for all dental medical waste and each staff member is required to be trained using OSHA-approved courses on the handling and safe disposal for all medical waste.


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