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Disposing of Medical Waste: The 3 Best Ways to Keep Your Practice Safe



August 25, 2021



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Disposing of Medical Waste: The 3 Best Ways to Keep Your Practice Safe

Disposing of Medical Waste: The 3 Best Ways to Keep Your Practice Safe. Medical waste can be defined as any solid waste that is generated during the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals.

Handling medical waste appropriately is essential to maintain a safe environment for your patients and staff. Medical professionals must follow set regulations when it comes to disposing of medical waste. Here are 3 ways you can dispose of medical waste to best protect your practice.

  1. Secure Storage. OSHA regulates medical waste in the workplace under the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
    • Storage Containers. The storage container must prevent leakage during collection, handling, processing, storage, and transporting.
    • Storage Room. The storage room also has specific regulations that must be followed. Here are the basics but you can find the specific requirements in OSHA’s Exposure Control Plan.
      • Authorized Access Only. Any area where medical waste is stored must be accessible by authorized personal only.
      • Notification. Signs must be placed at the entrance of where medical waste is stored. These signs should warn of the danger and state that this is a restricted access area.
      • Training. Anyone working with or who will encounter biohazards, medical waste, and blood in the workplace must undergo annual training.
  2. Personal Protection Equipment. Requirements for PPE are addressed in OSHA’s code of federal regulations section 29 (29 CFR). For medical waste, blood, and biohazards it is required that employers provide PPE at no cost to the employee. The first step in determining what PPE is required for the specific on the job tasks is to perform a hazard assessment.
    • Selecting PPE. All PPE clothing and equipment should be of safe design and construction and should be maintained in a clean and reliable fashion. Employers should take the fit and comfort of PPE into consideration when selecting appropriate items for their workplace. PPE that fits well and is comfortable to wear will encourage employee use of PPE.
    • Training Employees in the Proper Use of PPE. Employers are required to train each employee who must use PPE. Employees must be trained to know the following at a minimum.
      • When PPE is necessary.
      • What PPE is necessary.
      • How to properly put on, take off, adjust, and wear the PPE.
      • The limitations of the PPE.
      • Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of PPE.
  3. Compliance Training. An online compliance training program can be a great asset to any company, especially those in the healthcare industry. In a compliance training portal, you will be able to easily see who needs training, who has training coming up and keep track of all your employees training records in one place.

There are many types of training and certifications available which can include, HR Compliance, Workplace Safety, Diversity and Inclusion, Anti-Harassment, Risk Management, HIPAA, OSHA, Bloodborne Pathogens and much more.

Final thoughts. When it comes to Disposing of Medical Waste it is best left to a reputable, established, medical waste disposal company.

We can keep you up to date on all the latest rules and regulations for your location. There are many government entities involved from OSHA, DOT, and the EPA just to name a few.

Here at Healthcare Waste Management, we have been providing medical waste disposal services for decades, with our own trucks and processing plants, it is our job to know the regulations.

Contact us today with any questions you may have. 888-427-5797


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