Proper Medical Waste Disposal
With so many different kinds of medical waste out there, it can be difficult to find the best proves to manage it all. However, there are serious implications if any type of medical waste is disposed of improperly, making it imperative you get it right.
To ensure your organization is correctly handling medical waste and keeping in compliance with state and federal regulations, here are some good rules of thumb to follow:
- Don’t Leave Medical Waste Containers Open or a Full Container Unsealed – To help keep your office clean, tidy, and safe, make sure your medical waste containers are closable to keep the contents safe when not in use, and sealable so that when the container is full, it can be sealed completely to avoid any tampering or spills.
- Don’t Mix Alcohol, Aerosols, or Any Other Chemicals with Medical Waste – Certain chemicals and some medical wastes are classified as hazardous and require specific disposal. Be sure to carefully segregate your medical waste, and get the opinion of an expert to be safe.
- Participate in Regular Training – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires yearly, documented training on bloodborne pathogens for every employee at an organization that produces or handles materials containing disease-causing germs. Failing to engage in training creates uneducated employees and puts your facility at risk of exposure to potentially infectious diseases.
- Keep Pharmaceuticals Separate from Other Types of Medical Waste – Pharmaceuticals do not degrade over time, which is why they must be separately and specifically disposed of. Don’t mix your expired pharmaceuticals with other types of medical waste—put them in separate, clearly labeled containers.
- Don’t Transport Your Own Medical Waste – There are many laws governing the legal transportation of infectious or hazardous waste. To play it safe, if you need to move your pharmaceuticals (even to a relocated office across the street), utilize a permitted medical waste hauler to move your materials for you.
To help eliminate the risk of unnecessary exposure to infectious materials, it is important to follow the proper procedures and government regulations on the federal, state, and local level when disposing of your medical waste.
Medical Waste Pros San Jose will help you determine the items in your office that are potentially dangerous and require specific handling and disposal.
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How Can I Dispose of Medical Waste in California?
To keep in compliance with state and federal regulations, make sure you never flush any type of medical waste down the toilet. Every time medical waste is flushed, it increases the risk of accidental exposure to sanitation and sewage treatment works, janitors, and even your family.
Instead of flushing your medical waste down the toilet or simply tossing the waste into the nearest trashcan there are several different ways you can dispose of and manage your medical waste in Indiana, including:
If you have an ongoing need to gather and dispose of a significant amount of medical waste, a regularly scheduled service allows you to plan for ongoing pickup. A local provider will set a time to pick up and dispose of your medical waste based on your schedule. Our network of professionals can handle any kind of frequency from daily to annually.
All pickups are tracked and secured, and you’ll receive a detailed manifest for tracking and a certificate of destruction for your records.
A mailback system is one of the easiest options that you can employ to dispose of your medical waste properly. Every mailback system includes all the components required to package your medical waste to be mailed and disposed of at a secure facility. They’re an efficient way to collect, return and dispose of any type of medical waste.
If you have smaller quantities of sharps, soft medical waste, amalgam, and mercury, a mailback program might be a good fit for your organization- it’s ideal for smaller volumes of medical waste. But if you’re located in a remote area, or have medical waste occasionally, a mailback system could eliminate the risk of exposure and ensure you’re in compliance with all state and federal laws.
Some companies require on-call service for emergencies, or just require medical waste pickup on an infrequent basis. Our network of medical waste contractors offer on-call medical waste management services at reasonable prices.
This service is identical to a regularly scheduled service in California however, instead of a regular schedule, you can request medical waste pickup and disposal whenever you need it.
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