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In Illinois, we offer convenient, secure medical waste disposal services. Including Medical Waste Disposal, Biohazardous waste disposal, sharps container disposal and secure document shredding. Contact us today for a quick, hassle free, customized quote to fit your needs.

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We specialize in the removal of biohazardous waste from your hospital, medical office or private business.

We specialize in the removal of biohazardous waste from your hospital, medical office or private practice.

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Compliance Training

Bloodborne Pathogens Training, Exposure Control Plans, Required Training, Supplies and Vaccinations.

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Sharps Container Disposal

Healthcare Waste Management is the perfect partner to help with your sharps disposal needs.

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RCRA & Pharma Waste

Pharmaceutical waste disposal is becoming one of the most important aspects of environmental services.

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Document Destruction

To stay within compliance of the increased government regulations, we provide secure paper shredding for your facility or business.

Our drivers come to your location to set you up with secure locking cabinets or large document carts for safe storage until removal.

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Biohazard Supplies

From Biohazard, Boxes & Bins to our replacement sharps container program. We have everything you will need. 

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In Illinois, medical waste is classified as “Potentially Infectious Medical Waste” (PIMW). Illinois’s medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

What is potentially infectious medical waste (PIMW)?illinois medical waste disposal

Potentially Infectious Medical Waste (PIMW) is waste generated in connection with:

  • The diagnosis, treatment (i.e., provision of medical services), or immunization of human beings or animals;
  • Research pertaining to the provision of medical services; or
  • The production or testing of biological waste.

Types of PIMW wastes are:

  • Cultures and stocks;
  • Human pathological wastes;
  • Human blood and blood products;
  • Used sharps;
  • Animal waste;
  • Isolation waste;
  • Unused sharps.

PIMW does NOT include:

  • Medical waste generated as general household waste;
  • PIMW (except for sharps) which has been treated properly to eliminate its infectious nature;
  • Sharps which have been treated to eliminate their infectious nature and which have been rendered unrecognizable by treatment.

Where does PIMW come from?

PIMW can be generated from activities conducted by hospitals, nursing homes, veterinary clinics, dental offices, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical laboratories, university and research facilities, etc.

 

Generators being a doctor’s office, hospital or other facility that generates medical waste or (PIMW) must separate the PIMW into the following groups:

  • Sharps
  • Oversized
  • All other PIMW.

In Illinois, the segregated PIMW should be packaged in containers that are:

  • Rigid
  • Leak-resistant
  • Impervious to moisture
  • Of enough strength to prevent tearing or bursting
  • Sealed to prevent leakage.

In addition to the above requirements, the sharps containers must also be puncture-resistant. Oversized PIMW must be covered or packaged so that contact with transport workers and the public is minimized. Sharps may not be packaged with oversized PIMW.

PIMW packages which can be accepted for storage/transfer must be labeled as follows:

The generator must mark on two opposite sides of the exterior of the PIMW package (on one side of oversized PIMW), in lettering that is readable at a minimum distance of five feet:

  • The word 'BIOHAZARD'
  • The word 'Sharps' if the package contains sharps
  • The International Biohazard Symbol.

In addition, the generator must securely attach a water-resistant label or tag to each package and write in indelible ink:

  • Generator's name
  • Generator's address
  • Generator's phone number (24-hour number, if available)

The transporter must also affix a label to each package in the same manner:

  • Transporter's name
  • Transporter's permit number
  • Transporter's address
  • Transporter's phone number (24-hour number, if available)
  • For each package, the date when PIMW initially left the generator's site, or a unique ID number giving that information.

When there is more than one transporter, each transporter must label each PIMW package in this manner. Tags must not obscure any previous information on the package.

Inner packages must be marked with the word 'BIOHAZARD', the word 'SHARPS' if they contain sharps, and the International Biohazard Symbol.

The purpose of this content is to provide some of the PIMW requirements in Illinois. These guidelines are for general reference and should not be taken as law, while effort has been taken to make sure the information presented here is correct, these laws are updated regularly, and you should always check with your local governments and EPA offices.

Another solution is to hire Healthcare Waste Management to manage your facilities waste stream and we will ensure you have everything you need.

Illinois Benefits of Using Healthcare Waste Management Services

We are a management company for all of your waste streams including medical, biohazard, sharps and other wastes that is regulated. From pickup to destruction, we are the only company that handles your waste.

    • We own the waste from pickup to destruction, no middleman, means no hidden cost.
    • Our state-of-the-art processing plants ensure the waste is disposed of as quickly and effectively as possible, with minimum impact to the environment.
    • With us it is our drivers, our trucks, our processing plants and our insurance. You can imagine the insurance one must have when they own their own processing plants.

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Illinois About

Illinois's eastern border with Indiana consists of a north–south line at 87° 31′ 30″ west longitude in Lake Michigan at the north, to the Wabash River in the south above Post Vincennes. The Wabash River continues as the eastern/southeastern border with Indiana until the Wabash enters the Ohio River. This marks the beginning of Illinois's southern border with Kentucky, which runs along the northern shoreline of the Ohio River. Most of the western border with Missouri and Iowa is the Mississippi River; Kaskaskia is an exclave of Illinois, lying west of the Mississippi and reachable only from Missouri. The state's northern border with Wisconsin is fixed at 42° 30′ north latitude. The northeastern border of Illinois lies in Lake Michigan, within which Illinois shares a water boundary with the state of Michigan, as well as Wisconsin and Indiana.

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Helpful Illinois Resources

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/Pages/default.aspx
1021 N Grand Ave E
Springfield, Illinois 62702
(217) 782-3397

Illinois Department of Transportation

http://idot.illinois.gov/index
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62764
(217) 782-7820

Illinois OSHA Chicago State Plan Office

https://www.osha.gov/contactus/bystate/IL/areaoffice
160 N. LaSalle St., Suite C-1300
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 793-7308

Illinois Information

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes Regions of the United States. It has the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP), the sixth largest population, and the 25th largest land area of all U.S. states. Illinois has been noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in northeastern Illinois, small industrial cities and immense agricultural productivity in the north and center of the state, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. Chicagoland, Chicago's metropolitan area, encompasses over 65% of the state's population. The Port of Chicago connects the state to international ports via two main routes: from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway to the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics.

Illinois Medical Waste FAQ and Related Searches

What is Medical Waste?

Medical waste is a subset of wastes generated at health care facilities, such as hospitals, physicians' offices, dental practices, blood banks, and veterinary hospitals/clinics, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories.

What is Biohazardous Waste?

Biohazardous waste, also called infectious waste or biomedical waste, is any waste containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood. Of special concern are sharp wastes such as needles, blades, glass pipettes, and other wastes that can cause injury during handling.

What is Sharps Waste?

Items that can induce subdermal inoculation of infectious agents or that can easily penetrate the skin, puncture waste bags and cardboard boxes, sharps that have been used or are intended to be used in human or animal patient care or in medical, research, or industrial laboratories, including hypodermic needles, syringes, Pasteur pipettes, capillary tubes, broken glass from the laboratory including slides and slide covers, razor blades, and scalpel blades.

How to Handle Sharps Waste?

Sharps require special handling and packaging under both OSHA and DOT. Be sure to refer to your state’s guidelines when identifying what items are classified as sharps. There is confusion that often needleless injection devices, heel lancers and retractable or needles destruction technologies are considered sharps as well.

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