What is Biohazard Waste and How to Dispose of It? Biohazard waste is any type of medical waste that presents a pathological risk and requires special handling, storage, and disposal. Biohazardous waste is not as unusual as you might think. Every day, healthcare providers generate biohazardous waste in their offices and clinics and at hospitals. They are also common in many different business types across the country. These tips can help you properly dispose of biohazardous waste, so you stay healthy!
What is Biohazard Waste?
Biohazardous waste is any type of medical waste that presents a pathological risk and requires special handling, storage, and disposal. Waste that meets these criteria is called biohazardous waste, infectious waste, regulated medical waste (such as blood, body fluids, and human cell lines), this waste, is waste contaminated with potentially infectious agents or other materials that are deemed a threat to public health or the environment.
Why does this matter? Each year, healthcare providers generate 6 million tons of biohazardous waste. When you create biohazardous waste, you are also generating a cost for your facility. That’s because biohazardous waste must be handled, collected, stored, and treated according to regulations. This includes containers that are sealed and labeled with the universal biohazard symbol. Biohazardous material can also cause serious health problems if not disposed of properly and safely. Therefore, it’s important to follow local, state, and federal regulations when disposing of biohazardous waste.
How to Dispose of Biohazard Waste Properly
The best option when disposing of biohazard waste is to hire a professional biohazard waste disposal company who will manage all your medical waste streams. Medical waste management is a process of identifying the types of waste your facility produces, advising on the best safety, collection process, types of containers, and the storage time before it must be removed from your facility. Once Healthcare Waste Management picks up your waste it becomes our responsibility.
About 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.
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.
We use a state-of-the-art reusable container system 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.
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.
University of California SD – Biohazardous and medical Waste Overview https://blink.ucsd.edu/safety/research-lab/hazardous-waste/disposal-guidance/medical/index.html Accessed March 8, 2022.
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