Everyone creates trash. However, the way in which we dispose of our trash and waste can be different. Some choose to recycle. Some choose to burn trash in a five-gallon drum. Some toss it in the nearest trash can. Yet, bio-medical waste is not your “normal” trash or waste. In fact, many states and the federal government have rules and regulations surrounding how medical waste should be disposed of properly.
For those in the “rule breakers” club, your facility could face hefty fines. Here is a small list of 4 mistakes to avoid when it comes to your facility’s biomedical waste disposal.
1. AVOID IMPROPER HANDLING OF BIOMEDICAL WASTE
When it comes to handling medical waste, it is very important to follow rules and regulations. These rules are not designed to make your job more difficult but to help keep you and others around you safe.
OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enforces workplace safety regulations and sets requirements for OSHA training at over seven million workplaces. If your facility handles biomedical waste, then it is important to know the specific guidelines provided by OSHA, your state of operation, and the government.
At ManageMed, we understand the importance of staying compliant. We offer online OSHA training to help your employees stay safe and keep your facility from getting fined due to non-compliance.
2. AVOID NOT HAVING THE PROPER TRAINING
Again, training your employees is a BIG deal. No matter where you work or the industry you are in, there is always some level of training. It is also important to realize that not all training is created equal. It is important that you provide proper and relevant training to your employees. Not only does this help your employees understand what is expected of them, but it also prevents confusion later on if something does come up.
In addition to offering online OSHA training, we can also work with you to create a DOT Approved Biomedical Waste Plan that is customized to fit the needs of your facility. These plans, along with proper training, help keep your team, our team, and the public safe from potentially infectious wastes.
3. AVOID PLACING WASTE IN THE WRONG CONTAINERS
Due to the infectious nature of some medical waste, it is important to place waste in the correct containers. You cannot toss medical waste in a regular trash can beside your desk or put used needles in an old gallon milk jug. It is also important to label medical waste containers properly. This helps with identifying what types of waste go into what container.
At ManageMed, we offer the necessary biohazard bags and biohazard boxes/containers to keep you safe and compliant. These containers are specifically designed to hold biohazardous material securely until it can be disposed of correctly.
4. AVOID NOT USING LICENSED BIOMEDICAL WASTE SERVICES
When it comes to biomedical waste disposal services, you cannot just hire anyone. To keep your business thriving and your facility compliant, it is important that you hire a licensed biomedical waste service. From medical facilities and hotel chains to tattoo parlors and manufacturing facilities, we offer dependable and affordable waste management. And with over 20 years of experience and licensed to operate within the lower 48, you can feel confident in your waste management choice.
ManageMed is here to help you with all your biomedical waste disposal needs. It doesn’t matter if you need medical waste disposal in North Carolina or medical waste disposal in California, ManageMed provides services from coast to coast. With consistent and competitive pricing, we know that we can help you find the right medical waste disposal solution to fit your needs.
Give us a call today and let us work with you to create a biomedical waste disposal schedule that is right for your clinic, business, or facility.