Medical waste disposal is governed by strict local, state, and federal guidelines as methods to protect people, the communities, and the environment. Laws dictate that those generating the medical waste are responsible in a “cradle-to-grave” concept. This means that generators must not only ensure that disposal complies with the rules, but that they must have proof that the medical waste was rendered harmless.
Healthcare Waste Management is a full-service medical waste disposal service. We are a professional company that employs our own licensed, trained and certified staff and drivers. We take responsibility by ownership of all of our trucks and the facilities that the waste will be transported to. Our employees ensure that our healthcare clients have complete documentation confirming that their medical waste has been destroyed. We take pride in maintaining up-to-date information on all changes within the industry.
Our commitment as a full-service medical waste disposal company includes researching the latest technologies. We make use of state-of-the-art reusable medical waste and sharps containers as part of our green efforts. Our fuel efficient trucks combined with a focus on intelligent routing helps to reduce our carbon footprint and that of our clients.
Of medical waste, sharps are among some of the most dangerous. Sharps are any item that contains or could potentially contain a transmittable disease and can pierce the skin. Sharps cover an array including but not limited to: hypodermic needles, scalpels, blades, broken glass or plastic, syringes, and lancets. The CDC estimates that there are around 385,000 injuries each year involving sharps just within the hospital-based industry.
The importance of proper staff training, storage, labeling, and disposal of sharps cannot be emphasized enough. Healthcare Waste Management works with our clients to offer training and guidance information regarding all facets of dealing with sharps. We supply the bags and reusable containers as well as labeling, and then transport them in our company-owned vehicles to the plants that we own where we use one of the approved methods of rendering these materials harmless, including autoclaving.
In the last number of years the sheer volume of medications that have been developed were not included as part of the RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) that was designed to protect the environment with regulations for hazardous waste. The drugs that are of special concern to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) include antibiotics, hormones, anti-hypertensives, antidepressants and other drugs with high potency. Past dangers occurred when people dumped old or expires pharmaceuticals down the drains. Waste management filtration systems around the country have not been designed to filter for medications and these medications entered into the water systems for consumers. Healthcare Waste Management is proactive in working with clients to educate them on the dangers of these pharmaceuticals while offering a number of options for proper disposal including pickup and mail-in programs.
Documents within the healthcare industry can contain a variety of private patient information and organizational proprietary data. Securing patient information from being shared is governed by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), with strict required compliance. Healthcare organizations can be severely fined if any documents containing patient information is accessible by unauthorized individuals. Proprietary organizational information that is shared in documents can wreak havoc on a healthcare company that can have over reaching consequences and costs. It’s therefore a priority that all documents be protected and safely transported to locations where they can be destroyed so that no unauthorized individuals can have access. Healthcare Waste Management ensures complete security in all aspects of collection and transportation and confirms complete document destruction with documentation that puts our client’s minds at ease.
We provide a full array of services for the Healthcare Industry. We offer medical waste disposal services from just a few pickups every year to multiple weekly pick-ups, we can handle all the waste needs of your facility.
At Healthcare Waste Management we are one of a few companies in the industry that own the entire process from start to finish, meaning we own the trucks, we directly employ the drivers / handlers and we destroy the waste at our processing plants with our employees.
When a company does not own the entire process, that means they are paying some other company to, for example, destroy the waste. As with any process, the more hands involved in the process, the greater the risk, the more hands involved in the process, the greater the cost. No one is handling your medical waste for free.
We provide one point of contact for your facility’s waste stream/s, and we help reduce waste, risk and cost daily. We do this by owning the process from start to finish. It is our trucks that will come to your facility, we directly employ the drivers that will pick up the waste and we own the treatment plant that destroys your waste. Contact Us Today for a Free Waste Stream Analysis. 888-427-5797
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