Wisconsin Healthcare Waste Management Services
In Wisconsin, Healthcare Waste Management can process all of your waste streams. Our medical waste disposal services in Wisconsin include Biohazardous waste disposal, sharps container disposal and secure document shredding. Contact HWM today for a quick, hassle free, customized quote.
Medical Waste Disposal
We specialize in the removal of biohazardous waste from your hospital, medical office or private business.
We specialize in the removal of biohazardous waste from your hospital, medical office or private practice.
Bloodborne Pathogens Training, Exposure Control Plans, Required Training, Supplies and Vaccinations.
Healthcare Waste Management is here to answer all of your questions about the training required by your facility.
Sharps Container Disposal
Healthcare Waste Management is the perfect partner to help with your sharps disposal needs.
No customer is too big or small for us to help with your safe disposal of needles and sharps. Contact Us Today!
RCRA & Pharma Waste
Pharmaceutical waste disposal is becoming one of the most important aspects of environmental services.
Healthcare Waste Management can help your facility manage all of your RCRA and pharmaceutical waste. Call Today.
To stay within compliance of the increased government regulations, we provide secure paper shredding for your facility or business.
Our drivers come to your location to set you up with secure locking cabinets or large document carts for safe storage until removal.
From Biohazard, Boxes & Bins to our replacement sharps container program. We have everything you will need.
In an effort to help our customers better utilize their time, we offer direct supplies delivery at the same time as scheduled services.
Wisconsin, Healthcare Waste Management services the following cities and the entire state for medical waste disposal: Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Green Bay, Racine, Kenosha, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Wausau, Waukesha, Janesville, Sheboygan, West Bend, Beloit, West Allis, Fond du Lac, Wauwatosa, Manitowoc, Stevens Point.
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Wisconsin's infectious waste regulations guidelines
Infectious waste - also known as biohazardous, red bag or regulated medical waste - must be segregated from other waste types and disinfected before it is disposed of in a solid waste landfill. Businesses and institutions should review the information on this page.
The difference between infectious waste and medical waste
Basically, infectious waste is waste that can pass on infectious diseases to people or animals, such as sharps (including hypodermic needles, syringes and lancets), blood or human tissue. Medical waste is infectious waste plus any non-infectious waste that may be mixed with them.
- Infectious waste means solid waste that contains pathogens with sufficient virulence and in sufficient quantity that exposure of a susceptible human or animal to the solid waste could cause the human or animal to contract an infectious disease.
- Medical waste means infectious waste, as defined above, and other waste that contains or may be mixed with infectious waste.
Note that medical waste does not mean all of the waste produced in a healthcare setting. Non-infectious materials from a healthcare facility are considered to be "medical waste" only if the generator mixes them with infectious waste or manages them as though they are infectious waste. Any other waste materials from a healthcare facility are not considered "medical waste" under Wisconsin law. If possible, these non-infectious items should be reused or recycled.
Items considered to be infectious waste
The following items are presumed to be infectious waste.
- Sharps, including unused or disinfected sharps that are being discarded, such as hypodermic needles, syringes with needles, scalpel blades, lancets, broken glass or rigid plastic vials and laboratory slides.
- Bulk blood or body fluids, including pourable or drippable amounts of blood or body fluids or items saturated with blood or body fluids.
- Microbiological laboratory waste, such as cultures derived from clinical specimens and discarded laboratory equipment that has contacted cultures.
- Human tissue, including teeth but not hair or nails.
- Tissue, bulk blood or body fluids from an animal carrying a zoonotic infectious agent such as rabies, anthrax or tuberculosis.
Items usually not considered to be infectious waste
The following are presumed not to be infectious waste.
- Items soiled or spotted, but not saturated, with human blood or body fluids, such as gloves, gowns, dressings, bandages, surgical drapes and feminine hygiene products.
- Items containing non-infectious body fluids, such as diapers.
- Containers, packaging, waste glass, laboratory equipment or other materials that have had no contact with blood, body fluids, clinical cultures or infectious agents.
- Animal manure and bedding.
- Tissue, blood or body fluids from animals not known to be carrying a zoonotic infectious agent.
- Teeth that individuals take home from the dentist.
Legal requirements for medical and infectious waste
Anyone generating or managing infectious waste must follow Wisconsin's medical waste rules.
Minimum safety-related requirements
These requirements apply to all generators, including individual households are.
- Separating waste
- Containing infectious waste
- Handling infectious waste
- Storing and transferring infectious waste
- Transporting and shipping infectious waste
- Treating infectious waste
- Disposing of infectious waste
To find out if administrative requirements apply to you, see the following codes.
- Storage and transfer licenses
- Transportation licenses
- Treatment licenses
- Infectious waste manifests
- Annual Reports
Those who generate or manage small quantities of infectious waste must segregate wastes and follow all safety-related requirements, but may be exempt from administrative requirements such as licensing and paperwork. This fact sheet will help you manage your infectious waste safely and may also help reduce your costs.
The basic safety requirements apply to all businesses and institutions that generate or manage infectious waste in Wisconsin. They address:
- Source separation
Businesses and institutions may have to file annual reports on the amounts they send off-site for treatment.
EPA ID numbers for infectious waste generators
The DNR does not require infectious waste generators to obtain EPA ID numbers. However, some infectious waste vendors require their customers to obtain an EPA ID number. The DNR provides EPA ID numbers at no cost upon request.
Segregating infectious waste
Segregation of wastes, also known as source separation, is mandatory at the time they are generated for all non-household infectious waste generators.
All facilities that generate infectious waste must keep adequate records
Regardless of whether your facility is exempt from filing a report, you need to maintain adequate records of the amounts of waste you generate, treat on-site and send off-site for treatment. These records can include any of the following:
- Your infectious waste manifests or records of waste sent off-site for treatment (hospitals, clinics and nursing homes must retain for 5 years, all others for three years).
- Your certificates of destruction or treatment (hospitals, clinics and nursing homes must retain for 5 years, all others for three years).
- Logs of the amounts sent off-site for treatment and the destination facility.
- Logs of the amounts generated.
- Records related to on-site treatment.
In addition, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes (unless exempt) must retain:
- Your waste audits (must retain all past audits).
- Your current medical waste reduction policy (recommend retain any previous versions of the policy for 5 years after they are retired).
- Your medical waste reduction plan and updates to the plan (recommend retain previous versions of the plan for 5 years after they are retired).
- Copies of the annual reports you have submitted to DNR (must retain for 5 years, recommended retain for 10 years).
- Infectious waste manifests (hospitals, clinics and nursing homes must retain for 5 years, all others for three years).
- Certificates of destruction or treatment (hospitals, clinics and nursing homes must retain for 5 years, all others for three years).
- Training records (recommend retain for 5 years).
- Any other documentation that supports how and when you implemented your plan’s goals and objectives (recommend retain for 5 years).
Documentation may be paper or electronic. You should store these records at your facility in a file that is secure yet accessible, in case the DNR or EPA asks to see them. Be sure they are not discarded when people change positions or leave your facility.
Wisconsin Benefits of Using Healthcare Waste Management Services
We are a management company for all of your waste streams including medical, biohazard, sharps and other wastes that is regulated. From pickup to destruction, we are the only company that handles your waste.
- We own the waste from pickup to destruction, no middleman, means no hidden cost.
- Our state-of-the-art processing plants ensure the waste is disposed of as quickly and effectively as possible, with minimum impact to the environment.
- With us it is our drivers, our trucks, our processing plants and our insurance. You can imagine the insurance one must have when they own their own processing plants.
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Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central, Midwest and Great Lakes regions of the country. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state by total area and the 20th most populous. The state capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state is divided into 72 counties.
Wisconsin's geography is diverse, having been greatly impacted by glaciers during the Ice Age with the exception of the Driftless Area. The Northern Highland and Western Upland along with a part of the Central Plain occupies the western part of the state, with lowlands stretching to the shore of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is second to Michigan in the length of its Great Lakes coastline.
Helpful Wisconsin Resources
The word Wisconsin originates from the name given to the Wisconsin River by one of the Algonquian-speaking Native American groups living in the region at the time of European contact. French explorer Jacques Marquette was the first European to reach the Wisconsin River, arriving in 1673 and calling the river Meskousing in his journal. Subsequent French writers changed the spelling from Meskousing to Ouisconsin, and over time this became the name for both the Wisconsin River and the surrounding lands. English speakers anglicized the spelling from Ouisconsin to Wisconsin when they began to arrive in large numbers during the early 19th century. The legislature of Wisconsin Territory made the current spelling official in 1845.
The Algonquian word for Wisconsin and its original meaning have both grown obscure. While interpretations vary, most implicate the river and the red sandstone that lines its banks. One leading theory holds that the name originated from the Miami word Meskonsing, meaning "it lies red", a reference to the setting of the Wisconsin River as it flows through the reddish sandstone of the Wisconsin Dells. Other theories include claims that the name originated from one of a variety of Ojibwa words meaning "red stone place", "where the waters gather", or "great rock".
Wisconsin Medical Waste FAQ and Related Searches
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.
Biohazardous waste, also called infectious waste or biomedical waste, is any waste containing infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood. Of special concern are sharp wastes such as needles, blades, glass pipettes, and other wastes that can cause injury during handling.
Items that can induce subdermal inoculation of infectious agents or that can easily penetrate the skin, puncture waste bags and cardboard boxes, sharps that have been used or are intended to be used in human or animal patient care or in medical, research, or industrial laboratories, including hypodermic needles, syringes, Pasteur pipettes, capillary tubes, broken glass from the laboratory including slides and slide covers, razor blades, and scalpel blades.
Sharps require special handling and packaging under both OSHA and DOT. Be sure to refer to your state’s guidelines when identifying what items are classified as sharps. There is confusion that often needleless injection devices, heel lancers and retractable or needles destruction technologies are considered sharps as well.
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Where We Service
We service 10 Midwestern States for Medical Waste Disposal. Those Services and States Include: Indiana Infectious Waste Disposal, Michigan Biomedical Waste Disposal, Illinois Potentially Infectious Medical Waste, Wisconsin Biohazardous Waste Disposal, Minnesota Infectious Waste Disposal, Ohio Infectious Waste Disposal, Iowa Medical Waste Disposal, Missouri Medical Waste Disposal, Kentucky Medical Waste Disposal and Tennessee Medical Waste Disposal.
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