Funeral homes received the bodies of the deceased that have the potential for carrying highly contagious transmittable diseases. They carry the responsibility of treating the body in the manner requested by the family but must also use high precautions to protect themselves, the community and the environment from contingents. When embalming a body funeral homes use toxic chemicals and a variety of instruments that are listed as biohazardous. Funeral homes rely on licensed professional medical waste disposal companies to make sure that all waste is treated and safely disposed of according to local, state, and federal laws.
Each state has OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) training requirements for all staff and volunteers for handling, storage, and containment of medical waste to avoid incidents and exposure. The better medical waste disposal companies offer training classes for employees that are convenient and offer certification.
All medical waste is identified by type, and is placed in appropriate bags and containers that are labeled with the universal biohazard labels, are sturdy, leak-proof, puncture proof and can be sealed. All containers are required to be stored so that only authorized personnel have access, is temperature controlled and safe from insects or animals. Containers must also be placed in locations that are out of the public walkways and cannot be in places where they will have the potential to fall.
All generators of medical waste are accountable for the waste in a “cradle-to-grave” concept. This means that they are responsible for the safe storage, treatment, and ultimate safe disposal, from start to finish. Funeral homes rely on professional, licensed, and trained medical waste disposal companies that will pick up, treat, and disposal, as well as all required documentation that is needed to ensure that the medical waste was transitioned to a harmless state.
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