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Medical Waste, Sustainability, and the Environment



January 5, 2022



Medical Waste, Sustainability, and the Environment

Medical Waste, Sustainability, and the Environment. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines medical waste as, medical waste is a subset of wastes generated at health care facilities, such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, dental practices, blood banks, and veterinary hospitals/clinics, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. Generally, medical waste is healthcare waste that that may be contaminated by blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials and is often referred to as regulated medical waste. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that medical waste can contain many different types of pathogens, and hazards, that can be harmful to humans, animals, and the environment and can spread diseases if not disposed of properly.

The best way to prevent this environmental contamination is to properly treat and safely dispose of medical waste.

Sustainability

Here at Healthcare Waste Management, we use a state-of-the-art reusable container system for medical waste and sharps waste that keeps unnecessary plastic 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.

Environmental Guidelines

Categorizing the types of medical wastes includes those that are both non-infectious and potentially infectious. The EPA initially created a standard of identification and handling and disposal procedures, with the individual states taking over the responsibilities for their states. The categories are referred to as Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) and includes specific guidelines and procedures for each type.

In addition to identifying and categorizing, local and state guidelines also include defined methods for transportation using the Federal DOT (Department of Transportation) requirements, and both federal and state OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines for the safety of staff working in facilities where there is potential exposure and/or transmission.

Most states have similar requirements for the handling, labeling, storage, and transportation of medical waste, however, there are some differences in the disposal method requirements. All state guidelines result in the transition of medical waste so that it is rendered harmless, the differences may exist in the methods used. Healthcare facilities are required to dispose of medical wastes within a specific period to avoid accumulation, have storage areas that are well ventilated and inaccessible to unauthorized personnel and to pests, all containers housing medical waste must be puncture-resistant and leak-proof, and to comply with all laws regarding the health and safety of the environment.

About Healthcare Waste Management

With Healthcare Waste Management, we are a true service provider in your medical waste disposal, we have invested in our business to better serve your business.

We own the trucks that pick up your waste, our trucks are branded front to back, we directly employ the drivers that will come into your facility, we train the employees, from customer service to the proper use of PPE, and the latest laws and regulations when handling your medical waste.

We also own the treatment plants that will process your medical waste, with multi-technologies.

With Healthcare Waste Management, we take full responsibility for your medical waste the moment our driver removes it from your facility, offering peace of mind.


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