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Tips to Follow When Handling Medical Waste



March 17, 2022



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Tips to Follow When Handling Medical Waste

Tips to Follow When Handling Medical Waste. It’s important to know how to handle the medical waste your facility, office, or hospital produces. Medical waste is regulated by state and federal governments. A company must follow the regulations of their local, state, and federal governments to handle and dispose of medical waste properly.

The larger companies like hospitals may have a safety compliance officer on staff to help them navigate the regulatory requirements. Some smaller practices may not have that opportunity, when this happens it is best to rely on a professional medical waste disposal company that can help with regulatory compliance. The following are tips for handling medical waste that every generator of medical waste should know.

Proper training is key to safely handling medical waste. Before a worker is exposed, they are required to be trained, the minimum requirement would be the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.1030

OSHA’S bloodborne pathogens standard protects employees who work in occupations where they are at risk of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

The OSHA bloodborne pathogen standard states,

Proper training is key to safely handling medical waste. A medical waste disposal company like Healthcare Waste Management offers an easy-to-use compliance training course to help keep your facility up to date.

Below are just some of the features of our online compliance training portal.

There are many tools in the portal along with the training. For example, there are millions of MSDS or SDS sheets in the system and if you cannot find what you need you can request one be added or upload your own.

For courses that require a certificate of completion like bloodborne pathogens training, one will be provided and stored in the system upon successful completion of the course.

Perform online safety audits, with this tool you will be able to identify compliance deficiencies including any applicable OSHA regulations.

Stay up to date with the most current regulations. You can search, share, and manage all applicable regulations in one easy to use portal. 

Easily create your online safety plans required by OSHA with an easy-to-use step by step plan builder. Some examples include Exposure Control Plans, Hazard Communications, Emergency Preparedness, and Fire Prevention.

ICD-10 code changes. Stay up to date on the latest ICD-10 code changes with an easy-to-use online library you can search and even bookmark often used ICD-10 codes. 

There are many steps to follow when working with medical waste, the most important tip is to stay up to date on your facilities policies, and compliance training requirements, proper training is key to any successful medical waste management program.

References

OSHA – Bloodborne Pathogens and Hazard Communications Standards. https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/osha3186.pdf Accessed March 17, 2022.


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