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Sharps Disposal for Veterinarians

October 15, 2021

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Sharps Disposal for Veterinarians

Sharps Disposal for Veterinarians. Veterinarian offices are often the center of a lot of activity. The treatment of pets can involve pet parents, visitors, technicians, and other staff members with a variety of medical situations. Veterinarian offices can also have several situations such as surgeries and inoculations that involve sharps and it is a priority to ensure that everyone is safe from sharps accidents through proper disposal.

The various syringes and hypodermic needles use in veterinary offices can contain transmittable diseases. Like all other medical environments, Veterinarian offices are required to comply with various state and federal guidelines on the proper handling, storage and disposal of sharps

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Regulations

OSHA has established a set of guidelines that are designed for the safety of the workers so that they are knowledgeable and protected from the risk of pathogen exposure. There are some states that have different guidelines so its best to check with professional medical waste disposal companies such as Healthcare Waste Management on the details for your state. The laws govern the types of containers required for sharps, labeling, storage, disposal, and employee training. Each area of compliance is important for both safety and to abide by all laws.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA has several regulations that relate to emissions involved in the disposal of medical waste. These requirements are under the FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Renticide) rulings for the methods of approved chemical treatments for medical waste. A licensed medical waste disposal company such as Healthcare Waste Management will be aware of and comply with all EPA rules for disposal, including sharps.

Department of Transportation (DOT)

This is a federal agency that requires compliance by anyone that transports hazardous waste, including sharps, specimens, some animal tissues, samples, and any cultures that fall under the category. Specific rules apply to those that transport hazardous waste for containment, storage, labeling, and disposal. Any professional medical waste disposal company such as Healthcare Waste Management complies with all DOT guidelines for all states that they service.  HWM supplies all customers with the appropriate documentation of proof for proper disposal of all medical waste, including sharps.


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