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Medical Waste Disposal by Healthcare Waste Management
Healthcare Waste Management is Proud to Bring Decades of Medical Waste Disposal Experience to Our Customers. From the Local Medical Office to National Healthcare Systems, We Bring Innovation and Customer Service that is Unparalleled.
Waste is generated at your hospital, facility, business, or office.
One of our expertly trained drivers safely picks up your waste.
Your driver will replace needed materials for your facility.
Waste is transported back to our treatment facility where it is safely and properly treated.
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We always have a good experience. Driver is friendly, payment is easy, never an issue.
– Megan, customer for 6 years
Our office has always had a good experience with this company!
– Steven, customer for 5 years
Very positive, your route driver does a very good job & is the face of your company.
– Lester, customer for 3 years
You guys always do a great job! Polite, quick, professional, always a pleasure.
– Nancy, customer for 6 years
Medical Waste Best Practices
All healthcare workers should know and observe the best practices for medical waste collection, storage, transportation, and disposal. Know the laws, classify and separate all waste, and use a clear color-coding system. Don’t overfill containers, and keep non-regulated waste separate to cut costs.
Know the medical waste laws. Waste from healthcare facilities is regulated by the states, the EPA, DEA, OSHA, the DOT, and other federal, state, and local agencies. Be aware of all laws before preparing, storing, or transporting waste.
Classify all healthcare waste. About 85% of medical waste is non-hazardous, such as sweeping waste or office trash. However, 15% is hazardous. To keep costs low, don’t put non-hazardous waste in with hazardous waste.
Separate waste. Separate waste by type, including pathological, sharps, chemical, and pharmaceutical. All regulated biohazardous waste should go in red bags. Sharps go in puncture-proof containers.
Use proper medical waste containers. Some waste can go into certified cardboard boxes. Other wastes go into special tubs. Some is even locked for transportation.
Prepare waste containers. Package all bags and containers by taping them for shipment. Then follow DOT waste packaging rules and weight restrictions. Store containers in a dry, secure area for shipping or pickup. Properly label all biohazardous waste.
Attach the right documentation. The correct documentation protects the waste disposal company, the shipper, and the healthcare provider. Completed paperwork must accompany every bag or container during transit.
Color code all waste. The WHO suggests a color coding system that many facilities adopt. Black containers are for general, non-hazardous healthcare waste. Yellow containers are for used sharps boxes and potentially infected waste bags. Some facilities use red bins for biohazards, and blue for expired medicines. Radioactive wastes like Iodine-131 go into shielded lead containers marked with a radiation symbol.
Don’t overfill. Bags should be ¾ full at the most to reduce the chance of spillage. Keep containers covered, and seal them once they’re filled.
Keep a strict collection or shipping schedule. Waste shouldn’t be allowed to sit too long, especially in heat. Store medical waste in a cool, dry place out of the way of normal operations.
Use a trusted waste disposal company. The thicket of regulations, types of waste, and many methods of transporting and disposal create a frightening hassle for healthcare employees. Partner with a dependable vendor to avoid a potential catastrophe.