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Iowa Healthcare Waste Management Services

Iowa medical waste disposal, in Iowa Healthcare Waste Management offers medical waste disposal, Biohazardous waste disposal, sharps container disposal and secure document shredding. Contact HWM today for a quick, hassle free, customized quote.

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Medical Waste Disposal

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.

Healthcare Waste Management is here to answer all of your questions about the training required by your facility.

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Sharps Container Disposal

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

No customer is too big or small for us to help with your safe disposal of needles and sharps. Contact Us Today!

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RCRA & Pharma Waste

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

Healthcare Waste Management can help your facility manage all of your RCRA and pharmaceutical waste. Call Today. 

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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. 

In an effort to help our customers better utilize their time, we offer direct supplies delivery at the same time as scheduled services.

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Iowa services include the following cities and the entire state of Iowa for medical waste disposal: Des Moines, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, Sioux City, Dubuque, Ames, West Des Moines, Ankeny, Council Bluffs, Urbandale, Cedar Falls, Marion, Bettendorf, Clinton, Burlington, Marshalltown, Mason City, Muscatine.

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Iowa Infectious Waste

Regulation of infectious waste in Iowa

"Infectious" means containing pathogens with sufficient virulence and quantity so that exposure to an infectious agent by a susceptible host could result in an infectious disease when the infectious agent is improperly treated, stored, transplanted, or iowa medical waste disposaldisposed.

"Infectious waste" means waste, which is infectious, including but not limited to contaminated sharps, cultures, and stocks of infectious agents, blood and blood products, pathological waste, and contaminated animal carcasses from hospitals or research laboratories.

"Contaminated sharps" means all discarded sharp items derived from patient care in medical, research, or industrial facilities including glass vials containing materials defined as infectious, hypodermic needles, scalpel blades, and pasteur pipettes.

"Cultures and stocks of infectious agents" means specimen cultures collected from medical and pathological laboratories, cultures and stocks of infectious agents from research and industrial laboratories, wastes from the production of biological agents, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, and culture dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate, or mix cultures. e. "Human blood and blood products" means human serum, plasma, other blood components, bulk blood, or containerized blood in quantities greater than twenty milliliters.

"Pathological waste" means human tissues and body parts that are removed during surgery or autopsy.

"Contaminated animal carcasses" means waste including carcasses, body parts, and bedding of animals that were exposed to infectious agents during research, production of biologicals, or testing of pharmaceuticals.

The department shall institute an infectious waste management program in cooperation with the Iowa department of public health. The program shall include all of the following elements:

Recommendations to the commission for revision of the rules which refer to infectious waste as hazardous or toxic waste.

Initiation, in cooperation with associations of health care providers of an information and education effort regarding the current requirements for special waste authorizations prior to the disposal of infectious wastes in a landfill. The effort shall include an attempt to compile an inventory of the number of generators and the volumes generated. The inventory shall be completed and a report regarding the results of the inventory submitted to the general assembly by no later than January 15, 1991.

Upon completion of the compilation of the inventory, the department shall recommend, for adoption by the commission, standards for on-site and off-site treatment of infectious waste. In developing standards, the department shall consider factors affecting the feasibility of alternative methods of treatment and disposal, including but not limited to the volume of infectious waste generated, the availability of treatment facilities within geographic areas, and the costs of transporting infectious wastes to treatment facilities. The standards shall include monitoring requirements for treatment facilities, and training requirements for operators of facilities. The standards may include requirements for management plans dealing with the plans for management of infectious wastes in compliance with adopted standards. In cases in which an individual generator of infectious waste is served by a person treating or disposing of the infectious waste, the person treating or disposing of the waste may prepare the plan for all generators served.

The department shall undertake a public information program, in conjunction with the Iowa department of public health and health care providers, to promote public understanding of the scope and features of state and private efforts to manage infectious wastes.

 

Iowa 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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Iowa About

Iowa is a state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River and Big Sioux River to the west. It is bordered by six states: Wisconsin to the northeast, Illinois to the east and southeast, Missouri to the south, Nebraska to the west, South Dakota to the northwest, and Minnesota to the north.

In colonial times, Iowa was a part of French Louisiana and Spanish Louisiana; its state flag is patterned after the flag of France. After the Louisiana Purchase, people laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt.

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Helpful Iowa Resources

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/
502 East 9th Street, 4th Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
(515) 725-8200

Iowa Public Department of Health

https://www.dhs.iowa.gov/
321 E 12th St
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
(515) 281-7689

Iowa Department of Transportation

https://iowadot.gov/
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010
(515) 239-1101

Iowa Information

Iowa's bedrock geology generally increases in age from west to east. In northwest Iowa, Cretaceous bedrock can be found. In eastern Iowa it is Cambrian bedrock.

Iowa is generally not flat; most of the state consists of rolling hills. Iowa can be divided into eight landforms based on glaciation, soils, topography, and river drainage. Loess hills lie along the western border of the state, some of which are several hundred feet thick. Northeast Iowa along the Upper Mississippi River is part of the Driftless Area, consisting of steep hills and valleys which appear almost mountainous.

Several natural lakes exist, most notably Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake in northwest Iowa (see Iowa Great Lakes). To the east lies Clear Lake. Man-made lakes include Lake Odessa, Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Coralville Lake, Lake MacBride, and Rathbun Lake. The state's northwest area has many remnants of the once common wetlands, such as Barringer Slough.

Iowa 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.

Treating Infectious Waste

June 25, 2020

Treating Infectious Waste There are specific methods designed to treat infectious waste so that the contents are no longer a threat to people, the community, animals, or the environment. The guidelines set up for each type of infectious waste involve safety protocols for storage types and safe elimination of anything that may be considered to […] Read More

Infectious Waste Disposal

June 25, 2020

Infectious Waste Disposal Infectious waste contains contaminants that can be infectious to humans and each type has specific local, state, and federal guidelines for proper treatment and disposal. The laws that are established on the local level may be in addition to the standard state and federals laws. Guidelines have been established to protect people, […] Read More

Infectious Waste – an overview

June 22, 2020

Infectious Waste – an overview Infectious waste is mostly found in industries that are health-related, however there are a number of other industries that can have infectious waste. Some of these facilities include, but are not limited to tattoo parlors, autopsy locations, funeral homes, experimental and research labs, university cadaver facilities, and veterinarians.  Any location […] Read More

Proper Medical Waste Packaging, Including Sharps

June 18, 2020

Proper Medical Waste Packaging It’s critical to know that beyond federal requirements for medical waste packaging, there may also be local and state laws that are required for compliance. Knowing all guidelines is important for safety as well as to avoid any financial fines. The organization that generates medical waste of all types is responsible […] Read More

Sharps Management Best Practices

June 17, 2020

Sharps Medical Waste Best Practices Sharps are a special category within medical waste classification and are especially hazardous due to the potential risks for injury which can spread infectious diseases. Sharps are any item used in a facility that can penetrate the skin including, but not limited to hypodermic needles, syringes, blades, lancets, auto-injectors, knives, […] Read More

The Journey Medical Waste Takes

June 15, 2020

The Journey Medical Waste Takes Medical waste is defined on many levels and the packaging, care, storage, and disposal is referred to as “cradle-to-grave.” This means that everyone, at every step, is required to comply with state and federal laws for each type of medical waste, and each type has specific guidelines. The facility that […] Read More

A Medical Waste Disposal Company Picks Up My Waste, What Happens Next?

June 11, 2020

What Happens after a Medical Waste Disposal Company Picks Up My Waste? If your organization generates medical waste, you are responsible for ensuring that the medical waste is disposed of in proper and legal methods. Known as “cradle-to-grave,” the accountability doesn’t end when you have a waste management company pick up the waste. This level […] Read More

Medical Waste Disposal Best Practices During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 10, 2020

Medical Waste Disposal Best Practices During COVID-19 Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges across the board for the protection against transmission and infection of the virus. While healthcare regulations have long been strict, we are finding that the pandemic has thrown the modern world into almost uncharted territory. Some of the best practices that […] Read More

Compliance Training, Anyone Handling Medical Waste Must Take

June 8, 2020

Compliance Training Any individual in an organization that handles or can be exposed to medical waste is required by law to take compliance training courses as well as updates on the training. The priority of these courses cannot be overemphasized as medical waste can potentially cause illnesses or even death if transmitted as well as […] Read More

Medical Waste Disposal and Dangerous Viruses

June 5, 2020

Medical Waste Disposal & Dangerous Viruses Medical waste is created in a variety of organizations, including tattoo parlors, dental practices, veterinary clinics/hospitals, blood banks, pharmacies, health care facilities, autopsy, funeral homes, and medical laboratories and research facilities. This form of medical waste in healthcare can be contaminated by body fluids, blood, and potentially infectious materials. […] Read More

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