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Kentucky Healthcare Waste Management Services

Kentucky medical waste disposal. At Healthcare Waste Management we save you Money by owning our own treatment plants, trucks, & employing our own drivers, from cradle-to-grave we own your medical waste!

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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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Kentucky Medical Waste Disposal services. We service the following cities and the entire state of Kentucky for medical waste disposal: Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Paducah, Covington, Richmond, Frankfort, London, Georgetown, Florence, Hopkinsville, Nicholasville, Somerset, Henderson, Independence, Jeffersontown, Winchester, Madisonville.

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Overview of Medical Waste in Kentucky

Medical waste in simple terms is any waste that may be contaminated by blood, bodily fluids, or potentially infectious materials. Although the EPA provides some oversight of medical waste storage and disposal, most of the medical waste is regulated on a kentucky medical waste disposalstate or local level.

In Kentucky, there are no specific regulations pertaining to medical waste and there is no one agency with jurisdiction over medical waste. There are, however, regulations that reference the characterization, treatment, handling, labeling, storage, transport and disposal of this type of waste. These state regulations overlap between environmental, public health, labor and transportation agencies. They are intended to protect personnel, the public and the environment from exposure, injury or contamination of potentially infectious wastes.

Aspects of Medical Waste Management

Characterization: ​Medical waste in Kentucky is characterized as municipal solid waste and is subject to the same disposal requirements; therefore, it can legally be disposed of in a permitted contained landfill according to approved practices. It is important to note, however, that some medical waste may contain toxic chemicals, chemotherapy agents or radioactive materials and may be subject to state and federal regulations specific to hazardous wastes and radioactive wastes.

Generators: Generators of medical waste range from hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and laboratories to households and even illicit drug users.  Depending on the waste generator, treatment may or may not be required to render the waste non-infectious prior to disposal.

Households: Medical waste generated in households may be legally disposed of with regular household garbage. Nevertheless, waste collectors and disposal companies serving this sector should be aware of the potential for medical waste hazards.

Needles and Sharps: Safe disposal methods for needles and sharps generated as household medical waste include the following:

  • Place needles, syringes, lancets and other sharp objects in a hard plastic or metal container with a screw-on lid. Laundry detergent bottles or metal coffee cans may be used, or containers specifically designed for the disposal of medical sharps may be purchased.
  • ​Reinforce the lid of the container with heavy-duty tape, label “Not Recyclable” and place container in regular trash or take it to a household hazardous waste collection event.
  • Place soiled bandages, disposable sheets, medical gloves and other types of medical waste in securely fastened plastic bags to be placed with regular trash.

Treatment:  Treatment is any method, technique or process designed to eliminate pathogens from potentially infectious waste. Under the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services regulations, hospitals, nursing homes and certain other public health facilities in Kentucky are required to treat medical waste on or off-site. Basically, this means that items contaminated with a potentially infectious material must be rendered nonhazardous prior to disposal or managed through a medical waste disposal contractor. Infectious waste autoclaves that use steam (moist heat), followed by landfilling, is the most common treatment and disposal method.  Some medical waste is still incinerated; however, the requirements for lower emissions from air pollutants have resulted in less expensive waste disposal alternatives, such as autoclaving.

Handling, labeling and storing medical waste in the workplace: The risks associated with medical waste are especially important to those exposed to it in their jobs. Such occupations include healthcare, janitorial work, waste collection and landfill workers. The Kentucky Safety and Health (OSH) Program, under the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, regulates several aspects of medical waste including management of sharps, requirements for containers that hold or store medical waste, labeling of medical waste bags and containers, and employee training.

Transportation of medical waste: In Kentucky, anyone who transports solid waste to a landfill is required to register with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (excepting from a private residence or a vehicle 10,000 pounds or less).  In addition to vehicle registration, collectors of municipal solid waste, including medical waste haulers, must register with and report annually to any county in which they do business. The registration and reporting form, DEP 5033, may be obtained from county solid waste coordinators or downloaded.

Disposal of medical waste: In Kentucky, medical waste is disposed of in the same manner as household waste, meaning that it can legally be disposed of in a permitted, contained landfill. Treatment and sterilization prior to disposal, however, depends on the type of facility that generates the waste. Hospitals, nursing homes and certain other public health facilities are required to segregate sharps and infectious waste from other waste and then incinerate or render nonhazardous before permanent disposal. Most sanitary landfills in Kentucky will not accept medical waste unless it has been treated at a medical waste transfer station prior to being transported.  Medical waste transfer stations and contained landfills are required to obtain a permit from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management. Permit requirements include the types of waste that may be accepted at contained landfills.

Kentucky 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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Kentucky About

Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the Southern United States. Although styled as the "State of Kentucky" in the law creating it, Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky split from it and became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States.

Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the bluegrass, a species of grass found in many of its pastures. One of the major regions in Kentucky is the Bluegrass Region in central Kentucky, which houses its two largest cities, Louisville and Lexington. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park, one of the greatest lengths of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States, and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River.

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Helpful Kentucky Resources

Kentucky Department of Natural Resources

https://eec.ky.gov/Natural-Resources/Pages/default.aspx
300 Sower Blvd. 2nd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-6940

Kentucky Department for Public Health

https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/Pages/default.aspx
275 E. Main St.
Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
(502) 564-3970

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

https://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/Home.aspx
200 Mero St
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-4890

Kentucky Information

In 1776, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County, named for the Kentucky River. The precise etymology of the name is uncertain, but likely based on an Iroquoian name meaning "(on) the meadow" or "(on) the prairie", "at the field").

Others have put forth the possibility of Kenta Aki, which would absolutely have come from the Algonquian language and therefore probably derived from Shawnee. Folk etymology states that this translates as "Land of Our Fathers". The closest approximation in another Algonquian language, Ojibwe (N. Michigan) translates it more-so to "Land of Our In-Laws", thus making a fairer English translation "The Land of Those Who Became Our Fathers". In any case, the word aki comes out as land in practically all Algonquian languages.

Kentucky 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.

COVID-19 Coronavirus 2019 Frequently asked Questions

March 10, 2020

Coronavirus 2019 COVID-19 Frequently asked Questions   Links: • https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/ • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html • https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/environmental/background/medicalwaste.html • https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/environmental/index.html Medical Waste Disposal Coronavirus & Medical Waste Caveat: Information on COVID-19 is still developing, therefore, these FAQs are subject to change. Information and Article provided by Healthcare Waste Institute      

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June 5, 2018

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If you’re a business owner, medical or healthcare professional, or work at a similar facility, you know by now the importance of having secure document destruction services. By securely shredding your documents, you give your patients, customers, employees, and other staff that peace of mind that their important personal information is secure. Once you determine […] Read More

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