Biohazard Waste Disposal Staying Compliant. Biohazard waste disposal is a very important topic. Whether it be from a hospital, a lab, or a veterinarian’s office, biohazardous wastes can contain pathogens that are dangerous to humans. The consequences of not disposing of the biohazardous waste properly can have serious negative consequences for both the environment and human health.
What is Considered Biohazardous Waste?
Regardless of the source, Biohazardous waste, also called infectious waste (such as blood, body fluids, and human cell lines), is waste contaminated with potentially infectious agents or other potentially infectious materials that are deemed a threat to public health or the environment.
Biohazardous waste includes the following categories:
Any business that generates medical waste is subject to federal, state, and local regulations. Legal Requirements for biohazardous waste disposal vary by local and state laws however there are some federal regulations like OSHAs 1910.1030 Bloodborne pathogens standard, that are applicable regardless of where your business is located.
Some of the most common waste violations include:
In most cases, the violations are not a willful disregard of local, state, or federal regulations, they come from a lack of understanding or training on current legal requirements for biohazard waste disposal.
Some examples of fines imposed for violating biohazard regulations.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection found medical waste, including bodily fluids, bloody dressings, and needles, mixed in with trash at a local landfill facility. The investigation found violations resulted from a failure in training, however that did not stop them from imposing a $451,000 fine to 12 area hospitals.
Fines just do not happen to large facilities though; in Arizona a veterinary clinic was fined $65,000 for improper disposal.
In Missouri a small practice received fines of $93,000 for improperly handling medical waste, failing to review the exposure control plan annually, and failing to provide vaccines for employees exposed to bloodborne pathogens. The clinic also was cited for failing to update safety data sheets, and for lacking a list of hazardous chemicals used in the workplace.
As a medical waste generator, you have a responsibility for that waste until you have proof that waste has been destroyed. The last thing you want is to find out your waste has been placed in a landfill without being treated or even worse just dumped or stored and not treated at all.
Asking a few questions now, could save a bunch of headaches later. Find out how long the company has been in business, do they own the treatment plants, the trucks, and is it their direct employee coming to your location.
About Healthcare Waste Management
Healthcare Waste Management is proud to bring a first-class medical waste disposal experience to our customers. From the local medical office to national healthcare systems, we bring innovation and customer service that is unparalleled.
We own the trucks that come to your facility, we employ the drivers that come into your facility and we own the destruction plants that destroy your waste. By having one company handle your waste from ‘cradle-to-grave’ allows us to bring our customers, the best process, products and services with significant savings compared to the industry standard pricing. We do this while reducing our client’s impact on the environment which is a true win-win. Best processes, pricing and practices is what we built our company on.
Our commitment to our customers and the environment doesn’t stop with our cradle-to-grave management of your medical waste. We also use a state-of-the-art reusable container systems for medical waste and sharps waste that keeps unnecessary waste from impacting the environment. Our cradle-to-grave management process, reusable medical waste and sharps disposal containers, fuel efficient trucks and intelligent routing are all examples of our commitment to our customers and the environment.
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