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Medical Waste Disposal for Funeral Homes

Medical Waste Disposal for Funeral Homes

Funeral homes receive bodies from a number of sources that include both known and unknown medical conditions and diseases states. They also receive human bodies in a variety of physical states from hospitals, hospice, in-home deaths, and the coroner’s office. The job of the funeral home can run from preparing a body for a service to ensuring cremation. All expose the staff and the funeral home location to medical waste that can be potentially dangerous and therefore there are local, state, and federal compliance laws set in place to protect individuals, the community, and the environment.

Types of Funeral Home Medical Waste

Medical waste that is generated at a funeral home is most often considered to be biohazardous. This is due to the variety of health conditions of the bodies that they must deal with.

Almost all funeral homes contract with a medical waste disposal company for the removal of all toxic and hazardous medical waste. All employees at a funeral home are required to have extensive training on the correct disposal, labeling, and storage of medical waste. Funeral directors are required to be aware of and comply with all local, state, and federal guidelines regarding medical waste and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) guidelines for the safety and protection of their staff and any people that enter the facility.

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