Medical Waste Disposal: A Small but Vital Part of Healthcare. Medical waste disposal is a relatively new industry, with the first medical waste treatment facility opening its doors in 1982. In the last twenty-five years, it has become an increasing necessity for healthcare facilities to dispose of their medical waste properly. Not only does improper disposal pose a risk to the community and the environment, but it also poses a legal risk to the hospital if they are not compliant with state and federal regulations. Here are some ways medical waste disposal can be done more effectively.
One way to be more efficient with your medical waste disposal is to hire a third party. This way, you don’t have to worry about the logistics of transporting your medical waste from your facility to a treatment plant.
If you choose to manage the transportation of your medical waste yourself, make sure that you are compliant with federal and state guidelines for transportation by using a vehicle specifically designated for disposal purposes and following all applicable department of transportation laws.
Another reason why it may be advantageous to hire a third party is if you have hazardous medical waste such as chemotherapy drugs or contaminated sharps. If this is the case, it is important that these materials be treated in a manner that will prevent any potential exposure. The State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Health Departments, DOT, and OSHA all regulate the different types of medical wastes and provides information about what type of containers should be used, to treatment methods for specific materials. As such, you may want to use a third party such as Healthcare Waste Management who has experience in disposing of medical wastes in compliance with local, state, and federal standards.
The Importance of Proper Disposal
Improper disposal of medical waste can lead to serious health and environmental risks. In addition, Improper waste disposal, classifying it as regulated medical waste (RMW) when it shouldn’t be, costs U.S. hospitals millions of dollars in excess spending.
You may not think about it, but medical waste disposal is a vital part of any healthcare facility. In order to keep staff and patients safe from harm, it is important to have a policy for handling and disposing of medical waste. A medical waste management plan should include.
Healthcare Waste management is a medical waste disposal company that owns our own medical waste treatment plant because of that we must stay up on the latest regulations for all medical waste. Should you have any questions or would like a quote on your medical waste disposal needs call Healthcare Waste Management at 888-427-5797 today!
By having one company handle your waste from ‘cradle-to-grave’ allows us to bring our customers, the best process, products, and services with significant savings compared to the industry standard pricing. We do this while reducing our client’s impact on the environment which is a true win-win. Best processes, pricing and practices is what we built our company on.
Our commitment to our customers and the environment doesn’t stop with our cradle-to-grave management of your medical waste.
We use a state-of-the-art reusable container systems for medical waste and sharps waste that keeps unnecessary waste from impacting the environment.
Our cradle-to-grave management process, reusable medical waste and sharps disposal containers, fuel efficient trucks and intelligent routing are all examples of our commitment to our customers and the environment.
Let us become your partner in all your disposal needs, medical waste is our business. We are not just hauling it; we treat most of your medical waste in our own processing plants. Medical Waste treatment plants must understand and follow more regulations than a company that simply transports your waste from point A to B. Contact us today for a free quote or with any questions pertaining to your medical waste, compliance training, or document destruction needs at 888-427-5797.
Illinois EPA Website website. Potentially Infectious Medical Waste General Requirements. https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/waste-management/factsheets/Pages/general-regulations.aspx . Accessed February 1, 2022.
National Center for Biotechnology information. Disposal of Endoscopic Accessories After Use. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28134715/ Accessed February 1, 2022
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