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Five Facts About Biohazard Waste Disposal You Should Know

August 25, 2021

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Five Facts About Biohazard Waste Disposal You Should Know

Five Facts About Biohazard Waste Disposal You Should Know. The disposal of biohazardous waste needs to be handled by professionals. The consequences of improper disposal can have a devastating effect on the environment and human health. Here are 5 facts that will make you want to protect your health and environment with the help of a professional:

1. Fines for Improper Disposal, Management, and Training.

Fines can happen to large hospitals like one in Pennsylvania that received a $451,000 fine – this fine was due to the fact that they were disposing unprocessed and potentially infectious waste in the landfill. It was determined by the state EPA, that it was not intentional, this happened because of the lack of proper training for employees.

Think your small practice is immune, that is not the case, another small practice in Missouri 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.

In most cases like these, our online compliance training portal could have educated, and help manage staff and legal requirements, possibly avoiding the fines all together.

2. Legal Troubles.

As a medical waste generator, you have a responsibility for that waste. There have been cases where medical waste disposal companies have been charged criminally (felonies) for failing to properly dispose of medical waste.

As a medical waste generator, hiring for this service, you will want to ask a few questionsto protect your practice.

3. You should Hire an Experienced Waste Management Company.

The hiring of a Healthcare Waste Management company should be more than just, give us a quote and we will go with the lowest price.

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.

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.

4. Dangers to Your Patients, Staff, and the Community.

With medical waste there is the potential of a life threating risk. It is important to properly train your staff, in safety procedures, personal protection equipment, and the handlining of medical waste.

In addition to training, the use of proper containers, storage areas, and markings will also play a critical role in protecting your workplace.  

5. Reputation.

Your reputation could be at risk if your medical waste is found where it shouldn’t be, even if it is no fault of your practice, or company. The hiring process of a medical waste disposal company should be documented, document the questions your practice asked, and the responses given by the medical waste company.

Benefits of Healthcare Waste Management.

We provide medical waste generators with a single source management solution, from compliance training to the actual treatment of your medical waste. We are truly a full-service company.

Unlike other companies, who may not even haul the waste themselves, to companies who only haul your waste and then must turn it over to a third party for treatment. Healthcare Waste Management takes full responsibility from the moment we collect the waste onsite, until treatment. The waste never leaves our chain of command until it is made safe.

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