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WAYS MANAGEMED CAN HELP KEEP HOTELS SAFE

Hotels and other places of lodging create a lot of waste. While most of this waste, like room service leftovers or a used shampoo bottle, is thrown in the regular trash headed for the local landfill, there are some cases in which hotels come into contact with waste that cannot be flushed or put in the trash.

In addition to keeping you safe, here are a few reasons hotels and other places of lodging should team up with a company like ManageMed to help manage biomedical and hazardous waste. 

MANAGEMED CAN KEEP YOU FROM GETTING FINED
Each year, business owners are forced to file for bankruptcy or close their doors permanently due to fines resulting from improper handling and/or disposal of biomedical waste. While many facilities know exactly what they are doing when it comes to getting rid of medical waste and other hazardous material, others simply don’t realize that every business is responsible for the proper disposal of ALL waste.

Whether you own a hotel in a large metroplex like Dallas or you have a small hunting lodge in the hills of North Carolina, chances are high that a hotel guest will need to throw away something that is considered to be biomedical or biohazardous waste. In order to keep from getting fined, it is vital that you have a plan prior to your guests needing help.

At ManageMed, we can work with you to put together a plan to manage incoming biomedical waste, provide you with the proper hazardous waste containers, and help you to create a pickup schedule for the proper disposal of the biomedical/hazardous waste. 

MANAGEMED CAN ASSIST WITH PROPER TRAINING
Since most people who work in the hotel and hospitality industry may not have experience working around bio-hazardous material, It’s important that you offer specialized training to your staff. Not only do they need to know how to perform their jobs accurately, but they also need to know how to follow guidelines and protocol when it comes to the proper disposal of needles, blood-soaked sheets, and other items that could put employees and guests at risk.

At ManageMed, we provide online OSHA compliance training. This is a quick, user-friendly way to make sure that your staff understands the importance of keeping their workplace safe. In addition to keeping your hotel and lodging business safe, OSHA training also helps to make sure that your employees stay compliant by throwing away medical waste where it needs to be and disposing of the waste that keeps your business from being fined.

HOTELS CREATE BIOMEDICAL WASTE AND MANAGEMED CAN HELP
People stay in hotels, motels, and other places of lodging for various reasons. Some may stay near a hospital before or after surgery. Others may be attending a wedding or business conference. Some just stay for the fun of it.

It is vital to the safety of your guests and to your staff that they understand what to look for when it comes to medical waste and how to dispose of it properly. Here is a short list of items that are found in hotels that may come as a surprise to staff.

• Sharps - needles, syringes, lancets
• Blood Soaked Items - sheets, towels, washcloths, napkins, etc.
• Unclaimed Prescription Medication
• Items soaked with bodily fluids - urine, vomit, etc.

Do they know what to do with these items?
As an owner or property manager, it is also important that you supply your staff with the items needed to properly clean, disinfect, and dispose of such waste. Do you provide the following?

• Gloves 
• Face Masks
• Containers to separate laundry that has been soaked with blood or other bodily fluids
• Containers for sharps and other hazardous waste
Compliance Training

Running a business like a hotel is HARD WORK. The last thing that you want to think about is more regulations and things you have to do. By partnering with a medical waste disposal company like ManageMed, you can be confident in your medical waste management. We take the headache out of medical waste removal, medical waste transport, and medical waste disposal. Give us a call today at 844-383-8933 and let us create a medical waste management plan that’s right for you. 


WHY DO TATTOO PARLORS NEED PROFESSIONAL BIOMEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL?

When you think of tattoo parlors, you probably don’t think of medical waste. That’s because most people associate medical waste with a hospital, clinic, or another type of medical facility. However, biomedical waste can be found in a lot of non-medical places such as hotels, schools, and tattoo parlors.

Do you operate a tattoo parlor? Do you know if your business practices are compliant with state and federal regulations? Check out how ManageMed can help your tattoo and piercing business stay compliant and operate smoothly.

TATTOO PARLORS USE A LOT OF SHARPS
There are a few things that tattoo parlors need in order to operate. A good location, tattoo artists, designs, ink, and NEEDLES. Unless you’re are trying out some new form of technology, most tattoos are created by an artist using a device that uses needles to repeatedly puncture the skin and deliver ink to the dermis. These needles are usually designed to only be used once before they are tossed. This means that there are a lot of sharp needles being disposed of each day.

The thing with tattoo needles is that after use they may contain hazardous or potentially infectious material. Because of this, they cannot be thrown away in the normal trash that is taken to the local landfill. Instead, they must be properly disposed of in biomedical waste containers that are specifically designed for the disposal of sharps. These containers are puncture proof and leak resistant. ManageMed can work with you to decide which size bins would be best for your business based on how busy you are and how often you would like for your sharps to be picked up.

HOW TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF WASTE IN A TATTOO PARLOR
Since needles and sharps have a special container designed for proper disposal, it is easy to remember where they should go after each use. But where does the other waste go?

During the tattooing process, there can be blood and irritated skin. Any gloves, bandages, wipes, or other objects that are possibly contaminated with bodily fluids should be placed in a biohazard bag or disposal container labeled for biohazard waste. Again, ManageMed can help you figure out what hazardous waste disposal containers are the best fit for your business. 

MANAGEMED OFFERS OSHA COMPLIANCE TRAINING ONLINE
Whether you are a brand new tattoo artist trying to get your business going on the side or you are hiring new employees to help clean and manage the shop, you can never be too careful and cautious when it comes to being in compliance. This is where OSHA compliance training comes into play.

ManageMed offers multiple OSHA certifications. The best part is that you and your employees can log in and complete OSHA training online. These trainings go into detail about what waste goes where and why. Not only will OSHA training help keep your business compliant, but knowing how to manage medical waste can also keep you safe. Even with the best technology, it is almost impossible to know if a person is infected with a disease such as HIV or Hepatitis when they walk into the front door of your business. Keep you and your employees from being fatally infected by taking safety precautions and training seriously.

KEEP YOUR BUSINESS THRIVING WITH MANAGEMED
Staying compliant with OSHA regulations doesn’t have to be a constant headache. By following a few simple steps and partnering with a reliable, efficient, and affordable medical waste removal and disposal company like ManageMed, you can ensure that your tattoo business stays safe and successful for years to come.

Visit our SERVICES page to learn more about what we offer or give us a call at 844-383-8933 and talk to one of our friendly customer service specialists. Let us help you come up with the best medical waste management plan that best fits your business, your budget, and your schedule. 


WHAT’S IN YOUR RED BAG?

Many people have seen the red bag for medical waste or the red bag containers in their doctor’s office as they sit and wait for the doctor to come into the room. Some patients may even be guilty of spitting their gum into the red container labeled “biohazard”. While tossing in a piece of gum or a used tissue may not seem like a big deal, it can make a difference in the bottom line of the facility if every patient tossed in something similar each day.

Here are a few tips for helping employees and patients learn more about what goes into the red bags and red bag containers and how it could save your facility money.

WHAT IS RED BAG MEDICAL WASTE?
As mentioned above, red bags and red biomedical waste disposal containers can be found in almost every doctor’s office, hospital room, dental office, vet clinic, and more. This is due to the fact that not everything can be tossed into a regular trash bag headed for the local landfill. When it comes to regulated medical waste, there are several steps that have to be taken before the waste is suitable for the landfill.

It all begins by placing red bag waste into the proper red bag containers. Red bag waste is any type of waste that is considered to be potentially infectious. Examples of biohazardous waste include:

- contaminated sharps (needles, syringes, scalpels)
- gloves covered in blood
- gowns covered in blood
- blood-soaked bandages

HOW TO REDUCE WHAT GOES INTO RED BAGS AND OTHER BIO WASTE CONTAINERS
There is no doubt that medical facilities create a lot of red bag waste. However, with so many rules and regulations surrounding medical waste and what can and cannot be thrown into a regular trash container, things can be confusing and stressful. There are a few things that can be done to reduce the confusion and reduce your red bag medical waste.

TRAINING
Employees come from different backgrounds. Some have worked in fields where there is regulated medical waste while others have never had to separate what is tossed in the trash can. And even if employees do have a history of working in the medical field, it doesn’t guarantee that the employees were trained properly. They may have been told to toss everything in the red bags and red containers.

This is why it is so important to train ALL of your staff on what is expected in your facility. You can call once a month training or hold informal trainings in small groups. A quick 10-15 minute session can make a huge difference in your medical waste management. At ManageMed, we offer online OSHA compliance training to help your employees learn about workplace safety which also helps with your overall medical waste management.

SIGNS
Those who don’t work in the medical field or in an office where there is red bag waste may not understand why their doctor’s office has three different trash containers in the examination room. Even when containers are a different color or labeled, patients still seem to put regular trash items where they don’t belong.

One thing that could help employees and patients is placing a sign above red waste containers. Signs should use both words and other visuals to help get the message across. You can find signs and posters online, talk to your medical waste disposal company, or create one yourself. This will greatly reduce the amount of waste that doesn’t belong in the red bags.

AUDIT RED BIOHAZARD BAGS AND OTHER WASTE DISPOSAL CONTAINERS
If you don’t see a change in the amount of medical waste your facility is disposing of, then the next step would be to perform an audit of the red biohazard bags and containers. Look to see if there are items that shouldn’t be in there like an employee’s soda can or leftover lunch. Then talk with your employees to see why these items are ending up in the red bag waste containers. You may discover that the employee was never trained or that there were no other trash bins available.

LET MANAGEMED SAVE YOU MONEY
Not only can an experienced medical waste disposal company like ManageMed help relieve some of the stress involved with handling regulated medical waste, but we can save you money. When you combine our already affordable services with our OSHA compliant training, your employees will have the skills they need to create a safer work environment. This helps to reduce your overall biomedical waste and keep your facility compliant.

We offer flexible service throughout the United States. Whether you need biomedical waste disposal in North Carolina or biomedical waste disposal in California, ManageMed is here to help. Give us a call today at 844-383-8933 to get started. 


3 SIMPLE STEPS TO DISPOSING BIOMEDICAL WASTE PROPERLY

Whether you work in a small clinic or the emergency room, there are a million things that must be done each day in order to keep your facility compliant and safe. Shredding documents, posting signs, filing documents, and other tasks take up a lot of time.

What happens when these tasks are put off to the end of the day? Nothing major as long as it’s done. However, when it comes to disposing of biomedical waste, a lot can happen if not completed correctly.

Here are a few simple steps to help when disposing of biomedical waste.

STEP 1: WHAT ARE YOU DISPOSING OF?
The first step to disposing of biomedical waste and other hazardous waste is to identify what it is that you are about to toss. Is it bio-hazardous? Can the waste infect others or carry potentially infectious materials? Some examples of biohazardous material include blood-soaked bandages, pathological waste, and sharps waste like used needles after giving a shot.

• Other examples include:
• Human blood
• Bodily Fluids
• Body parts from a surgery or biopsy
• Discarded viruses or cultures
• Needles, scalpels, broken glass

Being able to identify the type of waste to be tossed can also save your facility money. Since disposing of medical waste costs more than disposing of regular trash in the landfill, it’s important to know the difference between the two types of waste. By placing regular trash in the trashcan and medical waste in proper disposal containers, you can cut down on the amount of medical waste that your facility is charged for when transporting and disposing.

STEP 2: HOW DO YOU STORE THIS TYPE OF BIOMEDICAL WASTE?
Once you have identified what kind of waste you are dealing with, it’s now time to ask the most important question. How do you store this particular type of biomedical waste? Not all medical waste is equal and must be stored properly.

At ManageMed, we provide biohazard bags and biohazard containers. Using labeled and brightly colored biohazard bags and containers make it easy to segregate any medical waste saving you time, money, and keeping everyone safe. 

STEP 3: HOW DO YOU DISPOSE OF BIOMEDICAL WASTE PROPERLY?
Disposing of your biomedical waste is the easiest part. All you have to do is contact ManageMed Biomedical Waste Services to get started. From coast to coast, ManageMed provides a variety of professional and affordable waste management solutions. From biomedical waste transportation to biomedical waste disposal, we are here to take care of your facility’s overall medical waste management.

And since health care facilities are required to train their staff on how to identify the different types of medical waste and how to properly dispose of it, ManageMed also offers flexible, online OSHA training to make it easy for medical facilities to get their team trained and informed on the proper ways to handle and dispose of biomedical waste. Check out our full line-up of medical waste services and give us a call today at 844-383-8933.



3 REASONS TO MANAGE BIOMEDICAL WASTE IN THE WORKPLACE AND HOME

Home health is on the rise in the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 3 billion sharps are used each year by patients who are managing their medical needs at home. That’s a lot of medical waste to manage for those who are not necessarily in the medical field or surrounded by proper medical disposal bins.

You also have to consider the fact that just because someone is managing their medical conditions, it doesn’t mean that they are bedridden. In fact, many hold down steady jobs and go to public places to eat, shop, and have fun with their family and friends. Does your company provide safe biomedical waste containers or sharps containers for your employees or customers?

Check out these three very important reasons to take control and manage your biomedical waste disposal in the workplace and home.

BIOMEDICAL WASTE CAN BE DANGEROUS
Being able to monitor one’s health and self-inject has given many people the freedom to live their day to day lives with more confidence. However, that freedom may come at a price if not careful. Needles, syringes, and infusion sets should all be placed in a sharps disposal container after use. Not doing so can pose a danger to your family and friends when at your home and to employees and workers in the public.

One small prick from a needle that was tossed in the trash of a public bathroom can cause infections of HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and other dangerous infections. While most accidental needle sticks don’t result in long-term or negative health issues, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

IMPROPER WASTE DISPOSAL CAN BE EXPENSIVE
Not only is exposing innocent people to potentially debilitating and deadly infections dangerous and irresponsible, it can also be expensive. For individuals, you could be looking at lawsuits and fines for infecting a friend or family member at your home or for getting caught tossing needles in the trash in the public.

For businesses who don’t accommodate their employees with proper sharps disposal or medical waste disposal options, you could be looking at a steep price tag if another employee is stuck by a needle. In addition to legal fees, your business could be forced to pay for lifetime medical treatments for the infected employee and you could end up damaging your company’s brand and overall status.

BIOMEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL IS NOT JUST FOR EMPLOYEES
There are many businesses that provide their services to the public like restaurants and retail stores. In addition to making sure your employees have access to proper disposal, it is also necessary to provide these same services to your customers. Too often, people with medical needs find themselves asking, “Where do I dispose of needles and syringes?”. You wouldn’t want a used needle or syringe to fall into the wrong hands or accidentally stick one of your employees as they are taking out the trash. This is why it is important to also provide the proper sharps disposal containers in places visited by the public.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF MEDICAL WASTE

Use Proper Medical Waste Disposal Boxes

Many people believe that the red biohazard bags, sharps containers, and other biohazard containers are only provided to large hospitals and clinics. This is completely false. You can get these boxes from a medical waste disposal company like ManageMed or contact your local pharmacy.

By having these special containers in your home, office, or in a public location, you and others are more likely to take advantage of the easy access of the containers and properly dispose of items such as diabetic needles or other sharps.

Use a Qualified Medical Waste Disposal Company
In addition to those who need our services at their home, ManageMed can also assist businesses who need help managing their biohazard waste stream. We can supply you with the biohazard containers, schedule pick-up service, and dispose of your biomedical waste in the correct way. We can also work with your business to come up with a solution that will work for your employees and customers.

TRUST MANAGEMED TO KEEP YOU SAFE AND COMPLIANT
Managing medical treatments at home can be challenging. It can be even more difficult when your job or places you like to visit aren’t equipped with the proper medical waste disposal containers. At ManageMed, we can work with those who manage their medical conditions at home to create a safe environment. We also provide a variety of services and can help businesses stay OSHA compliant and employees stay safe with our online OSHA training and certifications.

From biomedical disposal in North Carolina to picking up expired medications in Texas, ManageMed is a full-service biomedical waste disposal company. Give us a call today at 844-383-8933 and let us create a medical waste management plan that’s right for you.