Medical Waste Disposal Checklist. This helpful checklist can be used as a quick assessment for your medical waste policy at your facility.
Know your states definition of medical waste. It may surprise you to find out most states use their own definition of medical waste. And there is not one generally accepted definition of medical waste. In fact, there isn’t even a generally accepted term of medical waste, it could be called regulated medical waste, infectious waste, biohazardous waste, medical waste, potentially infectious medical waste and more.
Make sure your medical waste management policy is following state regulations. The purpose of a management plan is to establish procedures for the collection and disposal of medical wastes to safeguard the health of employees and patients. These procedures should be following your states medical waste laws and regulations.
Train your staff to properly identify medical waste from other waste. Proper identification and segregation could be the difference between a successful program or heavy fines.
If your facility disposes of liquid medical waste down the drain, make sure it is in accordance with state laws and your local publicly owned treatment works department.
Know whether your facility must register as a medical waste generator according to state law. This is something that varies from state to state.
You separate medical waste in containers for disposal according to the following groups: sharps, fluids, and other medical waste.
Medical Waste containers are rigid, leak-resistant, impervious to moisture, strong enough to prevent tearing under normal conditions, and sealed to prevent leakage.
Sharps are packaged in FDA cleared puncture-resistant containers.
Medical Waste fluids are packaged in containers that are break-resistant and have tight lids or stoppers.
Medical Waste is stored in a manner that maintains the integrity of the packaging and protects from water and wind.
If outdoor medical waste storage is used, it must be locked.
Medical Waste is stored to prevent rotting or decay, using refrigeration when necessary.
Medical Waste must be protected from animals and will not provide a breeding place or a food source.
Nonrigid packaging and inner liners (biohazard bags) from reusable containers are handled as medical waste and not reused.
Reusable Medical Waste containers must be decontaminated.
Containers that cannot be properly decontaminated are disposed of as medical waste.
Each package of medical waste displays the biohazard symbol or label.
Your Medical Waste vendor follows state regulations for documenting and labeling the medical waste from your facility.
You review waste acceptance protocols with your vendor and your facility is in agreement concerning regulations.
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