Biohazard Waste Disposal in Hospitals. Hospital waste is a major health concern. Hospitals and other medical facilities generate a lot of biohazardous waste, which can spread serious diseases. The improper disposal of this type of waste can lead to devastating consequences for the environment and even the population.
Therefore, it’s important that these facilities have a plan for disposing their hazardous waste in an appropriate manner.
What is Biohazardous Waste?
According to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Biohazardous waste, also called infectious waste or biomedical waste, is any waste containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood.
Biohazardous waste is a type of hazardous waste that comes from human blood and other bodily fluids but can also include soiled dressings and other materials. Biohazardous waste is often contaminated with viruses, bacteria, parasites, microorganisms, and pathogens that can spread diseases like hepatitis and HIV. This type of biohazardous waste can be very dangerous to humans if not disposed of properly.
How is Biohazardous Waste Disposed of?
Biohazardous waste can be disposed of in several ways. The most common methods include autoclaving, microwaving, and chemical treatment. These methods are all effective for destroying pathogens.
In most cases hospital’s hire a professional biohazard waste management company like Healthcare Waste Management to dispose of their biohazardous waste. In the past up until about 1997, a lot of hospitals had their own incinerators attached to the hospitals to dispose of their hazardous waste.
Growing concerns over the pollution these incinerators were producing caused tighter regulations for organizations operating incinerators, the cost of upgrading and operating them under the new regulations caused most of the hospitals to cease operations of incinerating and seek other disposal methods usually through a third-party company like Healthcare Waste Management.
Treating medical waste follows the guidelines below, always check with a professional medical waste company like Healthcare Waste Management for your local regulations.
Best practices require that everyone be aware of all the local, state, and federal laws. It is critical to keep up on all changes and requirements for the handling, labeling, storage, transportation, and disposal of biohazardous waste.
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – Biohazardous Waste. Accessed 2-21-22. https://www.fredhutch.org/en.html
Healthcare Environmental Resource Center – Types of Regulated Medical Waste. Accessed 2-21-22. https://www.hercenter.org/rmw/rmwtypes.php
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Infection Control. Accessed 2-21-22. https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/environmental/background/medical-waste.html
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