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Tips for Choosing a Biohazard Waste Disposal Service



December 21, 2021



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Tips for Choosing a Biohazard Waste Disposal Service

Tips for Choosing a Biohazard Waste Disposal Service. It is important to choose a company that will take care of disposing your biohazard waste properly. Biohazard waste, if not disposed of properly can cause harm in humans, animals, and the environment. Because of this, you should hire a company that is experienced, insured, and can meet your biohazard waste disposal needs.  

Here at Healthcare Waste Management, 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 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.

When Looking for a Biohazard Waste Disposal Company

Tips for Choosing a Biohazard Waste Disposal Service. There are a few things to know when you are looking for a biohazard waste disposal company, the main thing is, not all companies are created equal. There are four basic types of companies you could run into when calling around for a quote. Those are,

Biohazard Waste Lead Generators

Lead generators may have a misleading company name that allows you to assume that they are the waste management company, however, you can tell if they are a lead generator if they hand off your information to another company for the quote.

Biohazard Waste Brokers

Brokers make their profit by charging you more and paying the third-party hauler less. They charge you more than the hauler will do the work for. If you get the sense you are speaking with a broker, it is always better to call around and compare services. +

Getting answers to these questions will alert you as to whether you are dealing with a broker:

Do you own the trucks that will come to my location?

The only answer is YES, any other answer or sidestep will cost you more money. If they do not own the trucks coming to your office, that means there is another middleman.

Is it your direct W2 employees that will be picking up my waste?

A hard Yes, is the only answer. Any other pre-patterned answer is going to cost you more. It all just means one company is paying another company to pick up the waste. Why not just pay the company that actually picks up the waste and cut out the middleman?

Do you own the treatment plants that will destroy my waste?

If they do not directly treat the waste with their own processing plants, that means they are paying another company to treat it, all off your bill.

Biohazard Waste Hauler

Haulers only pickup and transport the waste hauling it from point A to point B usually from your facility to a third-party treatment plant. This opens the door for another party to be responsible for the biohazardous waste and for errors to occur. The important question to ask is:

Does your company handle the direct transport and treatment of the biohazard waste, or only the transport?

Do you pay another company to treat and dispose of my biohazard waste?

Biohazard Healthcare Waste Management Company

Biohazard healthcare waste management companies are responsible for every step of the process, from pickup, transport, treatment, and safe disposal of your biohazardous waste. The important questions to ask to ensure that they are a full-service medical waste management company include:

Does your company own multiple biohazard waste disposal trucks?

Does your company directly employ and train the drivers (on a W2) that come into my medical facility?

Does your company own the treatment plants that destroy most of mu biohazardous waste?

The benefits of working with one company that handles your waste from start to finish

Tips for Choosing a Biohazard Waste Disposal Service. A medical waste management company takes care of all levels of the waste management. They have the most financial investment in their company, built an infrastructure as their main base of service, are responsible for hiring, training, licensing of their drivers and staff, and for the care of their equipment. Most importantly, a medical waste management company has created a cost-effective method of service that involves owning their own processing plants.

A constant reminder to a generator of medical or biohazard waste is the fact that they are ultimately responsible for the final safe disposal and the more organizations and companies that you have involved in the process, the higher the chance of error and lack of compliance. A full-service waste management company ensures that they are the one stop shop that will accomplish compliance with all local, state, and federal laws. Cutting corners in this industry should never be an option because an error will always return to the generator to pay the price.

Three questions to ask when looking for a Biohazard Healthcare Waste Management Company

A full-service healthcare waste management company takes care of every aspect of the medical waste disposal. Some companies may act like they are cheaper, but in this industry you indeed “get what you pay for.” The three main questions that you need to ask any medical waste disposal company that you are talking to and ensuring that they have your best interests at heart and will be completely responsible as a medical waste company are:

Do you own the trucks that will come to my location?

Is it your direct W2 employees that will be picking up my waste?

Do you own the treatment plants that will destroy my waste?

Tips for Choosing a Biohazard Waste Disposal Service. What to Consider When Hiring a Company

Now that you will be able to determine the type of company you would like to work with and how to identify them, you should also consider these questions when looking for a biohazard waste disposal service.

Here are questions you should ask before hiring a biohazard waste disposal company:

What is the company’s disposal process?

Get specifics, what company picks up my waste? Is it different than the company you will contract with?

Where does my waste go, once on the truck?

What is the companies name that will ultimately treat and dispose of my biohazardous waste?

How does the company charge for disposal? By container, pound, and what about if I have more containers than we contracted for? What is the price per additional container?

What are the company’s prices?

What is the company’s experience?

We recommend 10 years when establishing a biohazard waste disposal company as experienced. This lets you know they have been through regulatory changes and understand the process of being compliant.

It also gives some hint that the biohazard waste disposal process is being followed according to laws and regulations. If an improper or illegal disposal process is being used by a company, it is unlikely they will get away with it for 10 + years without local, state, and federal authorities catching on.

Do they have proper insurance coverage?

Proper insurance coverage not only protects the company you are working with, but it will also provide peace of mind.

What are the benefits of their service?

This is an insightful question; listen to the answer you may learn things you didn’t take into account before.

Do they offer a price lock or guarantee?

The last thing you want to do is sign a contract at one price to find out later that changed over the course of the contract.

Do they offer free quotes or estimates over the phone?

With just a few bits of information, most companies can provide you with a quote over the phone, which is a great way to start asking some questions.

How can you get in touch with your medical waste service provider?

It’s important to make sure that the medical waste service provider you are working with is available when you need them.

Will they offer a contract with your business?

This will protect both parties and, more importantly, it will ensure that your medical waste needs are being met.

What Biohazardous or Medical Waste Does Your Company Generate?

You will want to make sure the company you contract with can handle all the medical waste your facility generates. The last thing you want to do is hire a company and then realize they don’t offer a full line of solutions.

Types of Medical Waste and Containers Needed

Sharps containers are usually red in color with the biohazard symbol and the words sharps container printed on them. They are made of a puncture-resistant and leak-proof container, with a one-way top used to dispose of sharps, that can be sealed when full. Sharps containers can contain the following items.

SHARPS CONTAINERS

Biohazard containers are red in color and are identified with the biohazard symbol on the front. These containers are for infectious and potentially infectious waste that may include but are not limited to bodily fluids and blood. These containers can include red bags, cardboard boxes, and solid plastic bins. The biohazard container can contain some of the following items.

BIOHAZARD WASTE

Pharmaceutical containers are blue in color and are for pharmaceutical waste that can include expired, contaminated, or unused non-hazardous medications. Below are some of the items that

PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE

RCRA hazardous containers are black in color and are for pharmaceutical wastes defined as hazardous under RCRA, which can include but are not limited to D, U, and P listed pharmaceuticals, Antineoplastic, Mercury, and Chemical Sterilizing Agents.

RCRA HAZARDOUS

Dual Waste Containers are purple in color and are for Hazardous and Infectious waste such as Syringes, bulk pharmaceuticals, ampoules with meds, live vaccines, syringe, or vial with RCRA or P listed pharmaceuticals.

DUAL WASTE

Trace chemotherapy containers are yellow in color and hold RCRA empty syringes, vials, IV bags where less than 3% remains in a chemical and other forms of RCRA medical waste.

TRACE CHEMO

The right company should be able to answer these questions and then some. They should also be able to provide more information about what they offer as well as testimonials from previous customers. This will give you a better understanding of what type of company you are dealing with and whether this is the right one for your needs.

Here at Healthcare Waste Management, we love talking to our customers and potential customers, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have or to lend a helping hand where we can.

We have built our business around your business; we have invested in our infrastructure to be able to service your facility from start to finish. Our direct employees, our trucks, our equipment, our safety training, and our destruction plants that treat your medical waste.

We believe when you hire a biohazardous, medical waste disposal company they should be able to do just that.

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.


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