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Any organization that generates medical waste must comply with storage, transportation, and destruction laws, all while also focusing on their core business. The top medical waste disposal companies will take all of this off your plate so you can focus on running your business. Medical waste is potentially dangerous and there are a variety of local, state, and federal laws that must be complied with to ensure that you stay in compliance and ultimately the medical waste is rendered harmless. This can sometimes wreak havoc, requiring time away from the business at hand, additional staff, and cost. In addition, there are a variety of federal organizations such as the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) and DOT (Department of Transportation) that delve more deeply into the intricacies of medical waste disposal.
The organization generating medical waste is responsible for all aspects in what is called the “cradle-to-grave” concept, making the generator accountable for every step of storing, treating, and safe disposal. Generators are also responsible for safety compliance training for all staff and volunteers using their individual state’s OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines. While it makes sense for an organization that generates medical waste to hire a professional disposal company, not all of these companies are alike. There are some specific things to research and look out for when making the decision for a medical waste disposal company.
Some medical waste disposal companies hire out to have some of their services done. The contract may be in one name, but the trucks and individuals that arrive to pick up the waste are from a different company. This creates a “middle-man” condition and is another layer of accountability that carries potential risks for mishandling. Others send a representative that is actually a “broker” that sells you as a client to another company. This is once again creating a potential condition of too many organizations that may not comply with all laws as well as increase the overall cost.
The best medical waste disposal companies do all of their work and have invested in their own trucks and employees. The better medical waste disposal companies will have well-trained, licensed, and professional staff that work directly for the company that you have contracted with and trucks that are easily identified as the one on the contract.
Every organization that generates medical waste is unique and when looking for a medical waste disposal company you should be able to have a representative to speak with that can offer assistance in your particular situation. This consultant is available to offer advice, additional services you might not be aware of and work with you for pick up around your schedule.
Scheduling is another thing that can change, based on what is happening within your organization. A representative should be able to help you change or alter a schedule when the need arises. As a client, you should also be assigned a login access for a “Customer Portal” for the purposes of communication and scheduling changes.
A consultant representative should also be available to answer any questions regarding the service and offer advice for changes that your company may be considering.
While the original guidelines set for medical waste disposal fell solely on the federal government, each state is now responsible for many of the rules and laws. The best medical waste disposal companies will be aware of all laws for your state and can keep you and your staff updated when anything changes. Compliance with the guidelines is imperative due to the fact that any generator that is found to lack compliance can be fined. Ensuring that your organization follows local, state, and federal rules is critical and the better medical waste management companies can keep you updated.
Investing in every aspect of the medical waste disposal demonstrates that the company is completely serious about their business. The better medical waste disposal companies go beyond employees, corporate headquarters, and trucks and have taken it to the next level by owning their own treatment facilities. All vehicles that are company-owned will be in the best of condition to make sure of safety. An organization that generates medical waste can have peace of mind knowing that one company will be working with them to ensure that the medical waste is picked up, treated and transitioned to harmless.
Investing in their company by owning all of their physical assets shows that they are professionals within the industry. Since the generators are responsible for all documentation proving the safe destruction of the medical waste, they will be reassured that the name on the documentation will be that of the company that they contracted with.
In today’s world the best companies must include eco-friendly aspects of their business. In the medical waste management field it means making use of smart technology to select the shortest routes to save on gas emissions and taking every step to reduce the carbon footprint. Vehicles must be kept in top running condition and replaced when needed with those that are fuel-efficient.
Better medical waste management companies will have trained staff that are aware of each additional step that can be taken to ensure the health of people and the planet. The company will also be constantly researching in changes that they can make that will create an improved ecological focus. A client should be able to contact the medical waste management company and get an update on the results of their eco-conscious efforts.
All staff and volunteers within any organization that generates medical waste is required to take OSHA compliance training. If held in-house, this can be cumbersome, time consuming, and expensive when you are required to have an on staff professional. The better medical waste management companies will offer compliance training that can work around the schedule of the employees and provides video training so that the facility is HHS and OSHA compliant.
Employees should receive their own training center, assignment list, training history, and final successful certificates. Management should have access to view the status as well as add new employees.
Standard training should always include every topic that is required for compliance such as:
Medical wastes fall into quite a few category types and since some can be required to be dealt with differently for safe disposal, the best medical waste disposal companies will efficiently take care of each type. The better companies offer detailed explanations and documentation of the treatment and disposal of such medical waste so that the organization generating the waste is assured that it is properly handled according to local, state and federal laws.
A consultant should be able to work with your organization to explain the types of wastes that they handle and offer the rules for storage, treatment, and disposal of each category including:
Professionals in the medical waste disposal industry work with customers from a variety of medical industries. The better disposal companies have longevity and a reputation within the medical arena that include:
Servicing the various clients requires a high level of expertise and the better medical waste disposal companies are up to date on all requirements needed to handle each category of medical waste so that it is safely disposed of.
Compliance with laws regarding the methods of disposal for medical waste is reliant upon having the appropriate containers, bags, and labels. These are imperative to avoid potential exposure or accidents and the better medical waste disposal companies will not only have a full complement of supplies to offer you but pass along volume savings that they receive to keep the costs down.
Some of the types of supplies to look to better medical waste disposal companies to supply can include:
Since medical waste varies in size, so should the container sizes offered. The best medical waste disposal companies will have containers for smaller to large amounts of medical waste. Containers should be rigid and have the ability to be completely sealed, should be made of high-density materials, with reinforced front and side walls so that they will retain the original condition as well as not tip during transportation. Additional newer products that can assist in protection for accidents such as roll-over lids should be part of the offerings.
Training and advice for storing medical waste containers to avoid hazards and dangers. The training should include:
All good medical waste management companies will have preset emergency procedures established for their drivers and staff in case of an accident. The emergency guidelines will include but are not limited to:
Various state and federal organizations may audit any company that generates medical waste. They require the documentation that confirms information regarding the type of medical waste, details on pick up, treatment, and ultimate disposal. The better medical waste disposal companies supply full documentation to address any/all issues or questions to ensure that the generator complies with the laws and is not fined.
In some states medical waste disposal companies as well as generators are required to have specific licenses. The better companies will maintain up to date certifications that complies with all local or state requirements as well as any that are required by drivers and staff.
Selecting the best medical waste disposal company shouldn’t be hit or miss, but instead one that gives you confidence in your choice. Using an all-encompassing medical waste disposal company reduces waste, cost, and time and ensures that your organization has a partner that aligns with your needs.
A medical waste disposal company that is completely invested in their company on all levels also means that they are invested in making sure that they take care of their clients. The best medical waste disposal companies are experts within the industry, knowledgeable on the requirements, and go above the call of duty for their customers.
All of these services save waste, time, and money, but also make sure that the medical waste that is picked up is treated and disposed of for the safety of all. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many rely on the efficacy of each partner that they deal with in the medical industry.
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