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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.



REASONS SCHOOLS NEED QUALITY MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES

Kids get sick at school. Kids get hurt at school. For this reason, many schools are equipped with a school nurse on staff who takes care of minor issues and often administers daily meds to students. From nosebleeds to shots, biomedical waste at a school can easily add up in the nurse’s office.

At ManageMed, we work with a variety of businesses and in different industries to help keep employees, customers, and visitors safe from infectious biomedical waste. Schools can also benefit from the services of a quality medical waste disposal company like ManageMed. Here are a few reasons why.

MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES PROVIDE SAFETY FOR STUDENTS
One of the main reasons schools need to work with a quality medical waste disposal company is so they can provide the highest level of safety for their students, staff, and visitors to the campus. On a daily basis, nurses administer both prescription and over-the-counter medications, give shots, and clean up minor scratches and cuts. Where does the medical waste go? For the most part, most nurses are already trained in proper medical waste disposal techniques and understand the importance of placing items such as sharps into the proper red bio-hazard containers. However, many schools also rely on parent volunteers and aides to help where there is a need.

At ManageMed, we provide the red bio-hazard containers and bio-hazard bags to help your employees dispose of waste properly. With a small amount of training, nurses, volunteers, and aides will understand exactly what to put into what containers.

MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES PROVIDE EXTRA SUPPORT FOR SPORTS AND OTHER PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
In addition to having a clinic or nurse’s office on a school campus, chances are high that there is also an athletic facility. And as many already know, sports can take a toll on the body with bumps, bruises, cuts, and a fair share of bloody noses. It happens. While most players and students only require a band-aid, ice, or Ace bandage, there are instances that can cause a student to have an open wound or long-lasting bloody nose. The big question is how does the school manage the biomedical, and possibly infectious, waste?

Providing the proper bio-hazard containers to discard biomedical waste is only one part of ManageMed’s medical waste removal and disposal service. At ManageMed, we can also set up your school and athletic facility personnel with the proper OSHA training to learn more about what waste goes where. There are multiple OSHA Compliance Training certifications available online to help streamline the process and keep teachers and coaches where they are needed most...in school.

MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES HELP SCHOOLS CLEAR THE CLUTTER
In addition to helping students feel better from a headache or scraped knee, school nurses also administer different types of meds to students on a daily basis. Many of the meds come in the form of prescription medications. As the child’s age, health, or other factors change, so do their meds. This poses a problem for many schools as they are left with outdated and unclaimed prescription medications at the end of the year.

At ManageMed, we also offer medication destruction services for all of your unwanted, unused, and expired pharmaceuticals. With just a phone call, ManageMed can pick up your pharmaceuticals, transport them to our facility, and properly dispose of each medication in a safe manner.

MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES HELP KEEP YOUR SCHOOL COMPLIANT

It’s been said once, but we’ll say it again. When it comes to medical waste, you simply cannot throw everything in the trash can. In fact, many states and the federal government have guidelines to regulate what items can be thrown into the trash headed for the local landfill and what items must be disposed of properly by other means. Many states also require that schools have an onsite Biomedical Waste Plan filled out with detailed training and procedures. 

ManageMed can help your school stay compliant with our online OSHA Compliance Training certifications. We can also help you create a DOH approved Biomedical Waste Plan that is customized to fit your school and your school’s needs.

LET MANAGEMED OVERSEE YOUR SCHOOL’S BIOMEDICAL WASTE
The school’s clinic or nurse’s office is a place for students to get help. Therefore, it should be a safe place. Join other businesses, medical clinics, and even other schools by hiring ManageMed to be your one-stop shop for managing your medical waste. Let us worry about the rules and regulations of biomedical waste so that you have more time to focus on your students and your school.

We provide our medical waste services throughout the lower 48. From California to Texas to North Carolina, ManageMed offers affordable and flexible medical waste services to fit your school’s specific needs. Give us a call at 844-383-9833 to learn more about ManageMed and how we can help.  

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PATHOLOGICAL WASTE

Pathological waste is a type of biohazardous waste that includes recognizable human or animal body parts such as organs and tissue. Due to the nature of this type of medical waste, it requires the disposal services of biomedical waste management companies such as ManageMed in order to stay compliant with OSHA and other federal and state regulations.

Just in case you are unsure about pathological waste, how it should be handled, or how it should be properly disposed of, here are the basics to help you get started with your medical waste journey.

WHAT IS PATHOLOGICAL WASTE?
As mentioned above, pathological waste contains any recognizable human or animal body parts, organs, or tissue. Some examples of pathological waste includes an amputated limb, donated blood, removed tissue for testing, etc. It is basically any waste that contains or is suspected of containing pathogens.

Many people assume that only hospitals and clinics are responsible for such medical waste. However, there are many different businesses and organizations that need to be prepared in the event that they need to properly dispose of pathological waste.

HOW DO YOU PROPERLY DISPOSE OF PATHOLOGICAL WASTE?
Pathological waste falls under the bio-hazardous material category. Because of this, those who are not properly trained, tend to toss pathological waste with other red bag waste. However, pathological waste is different than other biohazard waste and must be treated a bit differently when it comes to disposing of it properly.

Since pathological waste can contain organs or limbs filled with bodily fluids, it can be heavy and pose a leak threat. Steps such as double bagging and adding an absorbent should be taken to reduce such risk. Pathological waste must also be refrigerated in order to slow down decomposition. Finally, pathological waste can be exposed to other infectious or hazardous material which in turn causes it to be potentially hazardous or infectious. When this occurs, the items being disposed of must be properly labeled in order to be transported and disposed of in the correct manner.

√ Identify the material.
√ Segrete the material.
√ Label the material.


After labeling, pathological waste must be transported by a licensed medical waste removal company such as ManageMed. Once in our facility, the pathological waste is placed in the incinerator where the contents are burned in a controlled manner and fully sterilized.

DO YOU HAVE A PATHOLOGICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN?
There are always going to be regulations and requirements when it comes to pathological waste. Do you have a pathological waste management plan? ManageMed works with businesses, organizations, and facilities within the lower 48 states. Whether you need help with your medical waste disposal in North Carolina or you need help creating a DOH biomedical plan in Washington, ManageMed is here to help. And with customers located from coast to coast, we understand the rules and regulations and can help your facility stay compliant.

From medical waste removal and transportation to medical waste disposal, ManageMed provides dependable and flexible cradle to the grave medical waste management solutions. Give us a call today and see how switching to ManageMed can help you save money and save time when it comes to your medical waste disposal. 

4 EFFECTIVE WAYS TO PRESENT OSHA TRAINING TO YOUR STAFF

We all know that OSHA training is not anyone’s bucket list or even to-do list. The topics covered can seem boring or unnecessary. Even the best “students” have a difficult time paying attention and really grasping the information. Since OSHA training is important for the health and safety of your facility, it is very important. But how to do make your employees pay attention? How do you make sure they understand the information being presented to them through the training? 

Here are 4 effective ways to present OSHA training to your staff.

PROVIDE HANDS-ON TRAINING SESSIONS BASED ON OSHA TRAINING
Not everyone learns the same. There are those who are visual learners and those who are auditory learners. However, the majority of us are hands-on learners meaning that we don’t fully comprehend until we do it ourselves.

Try setting up role-playing scenarios with your staff. Being able to put the things one has just learned into action is proven to help with retention. You can also set up round-table discussions. Just by simply talking about the training, many will be able to understand the information better.

GIVE NEEDS BASED ASSESSMENTS PRIOR TO OSHA TRAINING
Your employees all have different backgrounds and different experiences they bring with them when they start working. In fact, many will come in with years of previous OSHA training under their belt. Why make your entire staff takes the same training? Sure, you could argue that repetition is good and can help with remembering small details.

Instead, try learning about your employees and what they already know about OSHA and staying compliant. You can give them a needs-based assessment at the beginning. This will tell you what they truly understand, what areas need improvement, and where to focus your future training.

KEEP OSHA TRAININGS SHORT
No one likes to be bored for hours on end. Instead of taking in the information, many just sit there counting the tiles on the floors or thinking of what they will cook for dinner.

Keep OSHA training short and to the point. The information will be easy to comprehend and employees are more likely to remember it when needed.

CREATE A FUN ATMOSPHERE SURROUNDING OSHA TRAINING

When dealing with such a dull and tedious topic, it’s easy to do only do what needs to be done to meet the requirements. In order to make OSHA trainings a little more fun and exciting, try creating a reward system or creating a competition among your employees. Choose teams, ask questions, and give points. Your staff will stay on their toes in order to be the winner and reap their rewards. 

MANAGEMED OFFERS ONLINE OSHA TRAINING
Say goodbye to hours and hours of lengthy, Ferris Bueller style trainings with ManageMed’s online OSHA training. Your staff can quickly get the certifications needed for your facility to stay compliant with just a click of a mouse. And by utilizing a few of the tips above, you can also make these trainings even more effective.

OSHA training is just one of the wide range of services ManageMed offers. From biomedical waste removal, biomedical waste pick-up, and biomedical waste disposal, we are here to take care of your medical waste needs from the beginning to the end of the waste management cycle. If you have any questions about our services or how ManageMed can help your facility stay compliant, please give us a call at 844-383-8933. 


ASK THESE QUESTIONS BEFORE HIRING A BIOMEDICAL WASTE REMOVAL COMPANY

Does your facility produce biomedical waste? Do you need to have your facility's waste removed properly and legally? Are you searching for a new biomedical waste removal company? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then it’s important that you know what questions to ask before hiring a biomedical waste removal company.

Here are some of the top questions to ask and to help you get started.

WHAT TYPE OF MEDICAL WASTE CONTRACT WILL I BE SIGNING?
This is probably the number one question you need to ask before signing on with any company for any service. At ManageMed, we strongly believe in treating our customers the way they deserve to be treated. Our contracts are fair and our pricing is affordable.

Our medical waste disposal business is built on a foundation of respect, honesty, and integrity. You won’t find any hidden fees or see your bill slowly go higher and higher each month. At ManageMed, prices are set for the duration of the entire agreement period. To see if ManageMed is the right fit for your company financially, click here to fill out our FREE QUOTE form.

HOW EASY WILL IT BE TO ACCESS MY INFORMATION AND REACH CUSTOMER SERVICE?

In the world today, it is important to be able to access your company’s information when needed. We understand this importance and offer our customers a custom designed customer portal. With the customer portal, you can view your current waste removal schedule, view and pay invoices, pull up and print BMW's, and complete OSHA certification courses. The customer portal also saves your DOH biomedical waste plans.

In addition to our online customer portal, ManageMed also offers excellent customer service. If you have a question or need to speak with us about an issue, all you have to do is pick up the phone.

WHAT IS YOUR LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE WITH MEDICAL WASTE REMOVAL?
Medical waste removal is not regulated the same as regular garbage you toss in your trash at home. There are several rules, guidelines, and regulations surrounding the proper disposal of biomedical waste products.

ManageMed has over 20 years of experience helping other companies with managing their biohazard waste stream. We understand the regulations and can even help our customers with staying OSHA compliant. In addition to our years of experience, we also work with a variety of industries and markets. Some of our clientele includes: hospitals, clinics, schools, hotels, tattoo parlors, veterinary clinics, dentist offices, assisted living facilities, and much more. 

IS YOUR COMPANY A FULL-SERVICE MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANY?
When it comes to your medical waste, you don’t want several different companies taking care of different things. ManageMed is a full-service medical waste management company. We offer services in medical waste removal, medical waste transport, and medical waste disposal. This includes pharmaceutical and sharps disposal. Basically, we handle your waste from the cradle to the grave.

We also offer OSHA Compliance Training. We want our employees to be safe, and we want your employees to be safe. Our trainings can be accessed online through our customer portal. These trainings cover topics such as handling sharps, properly disposing of pharmaceuticals, and how to handle pathological waste.

THE CHOICE IS EASY...CHOOSE MANAGEMED BIOMEDICAL WASTE
Don’t waste your time looking for another medical waste disposal company. ManageMed provides all the services you need, affordable pricing, excellent customer service, and flexible plans. Let us take the hassle out of managing your medical waste and help your practice or business stay compliant. Give us a call at 844.383.8933 to get started. 

4 COSTLY MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN IT COMES TO BIOMEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL

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. 


GUIDE TO IMPROVING YOUR MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT IN A NURSING HOME

The number of senior assisted living and nursing homes has been steadily rising over the last few years. Although nursing homes are not quite hospitals, they do offer several types of healthcare treatments to help their residents maintain a happy and healthy standard of living. For this reason, there are many rules and regulations to follow when it comes to the medical waste produced. Tossing it in the trash just won’t cut it.

If you operate a nursing home, check out our guide to help improve your regulated medical waste management and learn how ManageMed can help.

STEP 1: CREATE A MEDICAL WASTE PROGRAM
When hazardous biomedical waste is not properly disposed of, it puts several people at risk. Therefore, it is important to create a medical waste program that complies with federal and state regulations.

In addition to keeping your senior residents and staff safe, a great medical waste program can also save money. All staff members need to know what can be tossed in regular trash cans, what can be recycled, and what medical waste goes into what containers. By taking steps to properly separate and manage your overall medical waste, you can save your assisted living or nursing home facility money.

STEP 2: TRAIN ALL STAFF ON SAFE MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL
You can have the perfect medical waste program, but it means nothing if you cannot get your staff on board. One of the main reasons why many nursing homes and other medical facilities fail at proper medical waste disposal is due to lack of training.

At ManageMed, we understand the importance of proper training when it comes to handling biomedical waste. We offer several OSHA training certifications that can be completed online. Not only will OSHA trainings help your staff understand the health and safety side of handling medical waste, but it will also help them understand the legal aspects that will help them and your facility from being bogged down with lawsuits and penalties.  

STEP 3: PROPERLY STORE YOUR MEDICAL WASTE
Part of a facility’s medical waste plan is to know what type of medical waste goes into what type of disposal container. A nursing home uses items each day that is considered medical waste such as needles, syringes, bandages, gloves, and other items that may contain bodily fluid which may be infectious.

When you team up with ManageMed, we will provide you with the proper red medical waste disposal bags and red plastic containers for you to dispose of medical waste. And with OSHA training, your staff will learn more about what goes into the containers such as sharps. By knowing how to properly store your medical waste, you not only make it easier for pick-up and transport, but you can also save your facility money in the long run.

STEP 4: PROPERLY STORE YOUR PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE
Nursing homes and senior living facilities create a large amount of pharmaceutical waste. Prescriptions and medications are constantly being changed or patients are completely taken off of a prescribed drug. What happens to the leftover meds when this happens?

At ManageMed, our goal is to safely and properly remove and dispose of expired and unused medications in order to keep your clinic or business compliant. When medications are poured down the sink, they get into the ground water. When medications are tossed in the trash, pills could end up in the wrong hands and/or cause major damage if consumed. For this reason, we work with those who have unwanted, expired, and unused pharmaceuticals to properly transport and dispose of the medications.

LET MANAGEMED HELP YOU MANAGE MEDICAL WASTE IN YOUR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY
Putting together a medical waste program isn’t difficult, and by working with ManageMed, we can make the process even easier. Let us help you and your staff learn the proper techniques to disposing of the many types of waste produced in your senior living facility on a daily basis. This will help keep your business compliant with rules and regulations surrounding regulated medical waste and in some cases can save your facility money in the long run.

Give ManageMed a call today at 844-383-8933 or fill out the form on our CONTACT page. Remember, ManageMed services span coast to coast to encompass the entire lower 48 states from North Carolina to California and everywhere in between.


4 TYPES OF DENTAL WASTE THAT NEED BIOMEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT

A dental office is a busy place. Patients are going in and out of exam rooms. Dentists, hygienists, and assistants are moving throughout. This constant movement along with the design of the dental exam rooms can pose a problem for many dental offices when it comes time to plan for proper medical waste management. For example, containers need to be close by for easy disposal while also out of the reach of patients, especially children.

Here are the four most common types of biomedical waste in a dental practice and how ManageMed biomedical waste disposal services can help with waste management solutions.

1. SHARPS
One of the main reasons some people fear going to the dentist is due to their fear of needles. Sharps are used on a regular basis in dental offices for a variety of reasons. Many times needles are used for local anesthetic purposes or to draw blood from a patient who may be undergoing oral surgery.

Because of the potential risks associated with sharps, they should always be placed in a clearly labeled sharps container. ManageMed provides red biohazard sharps containers that are puncture resistant and leak proof. Not only does this help keep your staff safe, but it also prevents accidents, protects your patients, and helps make the overall medical waste pickup and removal easier.

2. BLOOD SOAKED PRODUCTS
There are many dental treatments resulting in blood soaked products such as gauze. Blood soaked gauze is a bio-hazardous material that may also be considered a bloodborne pathological waste product. Either way, blood soaked products should be thrown away in a designated area such as leak proof and puncture resistant red biohazard bag or a clearly marked biohazard container. 

ManageMed can help you decide what size red waste bags and containers you will need based on the flow of your business. This will help your practice stay compliant and save money in the long run.

3. MERCURY AMALGAMS, SILVER WASTE, LEAD WASTE
Since mercury amalgams contain mercury, they must never be thrown in the trash, down the drain, or even in a red medical waste container. In fact, there are specific regulations surrounding the disposal of this highly toxic element such as using amalgam separators to catch as much mercury as possible.

In addition to mercury, there are still some dental practices which have to worry about silver waste. If your practice hasn’t been able to upgrade to digital x-ray technology, then chances are high that silver fixer is still being used. Silver fixer should never be washed down the drain. Silver waste product can be collected and disposed of by a professional biomedical waste company such as ManageMed.

And if your practice uses any products containing lead such as lead aprons, then it is very important to dispose of the lead products properly when needed. ManageMed offers OSHA online training and can work with your staff to provide proper biomedical waste disposal training and biomedical waste solutions for your overall practice.

4. CHEMICALS AND STERILIZATION PRODUCTS
Although it may not be clear, many chemicals and sterilization products used in facilities such as dentist offices can be harmful to the environment, your staff, and your patients. Since some chemicals are considered hazardous, learn as much as you can and follow all federal guidelines and regulations. If you have questions regarding the types of chemicals used in your practice and want to know how to dispose of them properly, you can call ManageMed. Our professional team is here to help when you need it.

LET MANAGEMED CREATE BIOMEDICAL WASTE SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR PRACTICE
Whether you are a dentist office in Asheville, North Carolina, a vet clinic in California, or an Urgent Care Clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas, ManageMed can help you create a biomedical waste plan that will save you time, money, and a little sanity when it comes to dealing with state and federal regulated medical waste disposal.

Do you have a trusted company for biomedical waste pick-up and disposal? Give us a call at 844-383-8933 to learn more about ManageMed and our biomedical waste disposal process and biomedical waste management services. 


3 TIPS ON MANAGING RED BAG MEDICAL WASTE

The little red medical waste disposal bags and red plastic containers located in the exam rooms of the family doctor, vet clinic, or dentist office are NOT for decoration. Although they may add a pop of color to the sterile environment, these red bags are specifically designed to hold biomedical waste and to help during identification and the disposal process. The red coloring also helps bring attention to those working in the facilities and easily lets them know that the bags and containers are “special” and should be treated with “special” attention.

Why such a big fuss over a little red bag? Here are three tips to help you manage your red bag, biomedical waste.

SEPARATE YOUR MEDICAL WASTE TO SAVE MONEY AND YOUR BUSINESS
When it comes to disposing of medical waste, simply tossing it with your other trash is a big “NO, NO.” Not only is it the law, but there are hefty fines enforced for being non-compliant. Fines for improper medical waste disposal often seem to pop up from nowhere and can be due to the smallest infraction. In fact, not separating your medical waste properly is one of the most common infractions and carries a steep fine.

Only biohazardous waste should be placed in red bags or red containers. Biohazardous waste is medical waste that is in a solid or liquid state and is contaminated with blood or other infectious material. Move red medical waste containers and bags away from regular trash bins. This will lessen the chance of medical waste being thrown in the regular trash can and vice versa. Not only can it save you from getting a high priced fine, but it can also cut down on the amount of non-medical waste going in the red bags and bins and ultimately save you money.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT MEDICAL WASTE CONTAINER FROM THE BEGINNING
When it comes to medical waste, there isn’t a “one size fits all” container. In fact, there are several things to consider and implement when deciding on medical waste containers.

1. Containers should be DOT-approved.

2. Containers should be the correct size for the waste.

3. Containers should be the correct material for the type of waste.

At ManageMed, we provide biomedical waste bags and biomedical waste boxes. We can also help you manage your medical waste stream and help you learn more about what type of waste goes into which type of container.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT SHARPS
Although sharps are small, they can cause a lot of damage if not disposed of properly. They can also rack up fines if anyone, including employees, gets stuck. Used sharps should be placed in a container that cannot easily be punctured and preferably one created specifically for sharps such as regulated plastic containers. It is also a good idea to empty or change out your container before it gets too full. Allowing the sharps bin to get full increases the chances of employees getting stuck. Sharps should also be closed or locked in a sharps container before they are placed in a red bag.

At ManageMed, we understand that it can be overwhelming to manage your medical waste. We offer OSHA training online to help keep your employees up-to-date on the proper way to handle sharps containers and sharps safety.

LET MANAGEMED HELP CREATE A MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN FOR YOU
Dealing with the disposal of sharps and biomedical waste is a part of many businesses and practices who deal such products. However, it doesn’t have to take over your business. With over 20 years of industry experience, ManageMed is able to work with clients from coast to coast. We understand the different laws, rules, and regulations governing biomedical waste and can help you put together a DOH Approved Biomedical Waste Plan that is customized for your facility.

Contact us today and start saving your practice time and money with ManageMed biomedical waste disposal services.



HOW TO MANAGE BIOMEDICAL WASTE IN A VETERINARY OFFICE

When it comes to biomedical and hazardous waste, many people think hospitals are the only guilty party. Although they may be the dominant force creating the most medical waste, other facilities such the veterinary clinic also create its fair share of medical waste that needs to be handled and disposed of properly.

Here are a few things to take into consideration if you help manage a vet clinic.

KNOW WHERE TO PLACE YOUR SHARPS AND OTHER REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE
Unlike humans, when pets visit the vet office, they can’t exactly tell the doc about the symptoms that are making them feel ill. Therefore, the vet may need to run more tests than usual to determine why Fido is not acting like himself. More tests usually mean more syringes and needles. In addition to tests, many people bring their pet in annually for routine vaccinations. And although many vets try to give as few shots as possible, the needles add up.

Just like in a hospital, needles (sharps) need to be placed in a safe, designated sharps bin. In addition to needles, anything contaminated with blood will also need to be thrown away in a designated area such as a red bag. With Managemed, all of our services include biohazard bags and biohazard boxes. And if you are a little confused about what goes where, we are just a phone call away to answer your questions.

EDUCATION CAN HELP SAVE YOUR VET CLINIC MONEY IN THE LONG RUN
When it comes to working with and around medical waste whether it is regulated or not, everyone who works at the vet clinic and office needs to be properly trained and educated about what goes where. For example, you should know that using a cutely painted milk jug to throw away used needles is not the brightest idea. Not only could this cause harm to a worker or animal in the clinic, but it can also cause your clinic a hefty fine.

Using such methods of disposal could cost your clinic thousands of dollars. And in extreme cases, a vet could be shut down. Working with a medical waste disposal company like Managemed can not only help create a safer environment, but it can also help prevent costly fines. 

MANAGEMED CAN HELP YOU MANAGE YOUR WASTE AND WASTE DISPOSAL
At Managemed, we understand the headache caused by ever-changing rules and regulations. When you partner with us, you get a team that does the research, the training, and everything in between so you don’t have to worry. We also offer online OSHA training to help keep your clinic up to date on all the training your employees need like blood borne pathogen, sharps safety, even helping you with your DOH biomedical waste plan.

Give us a call today at 844-383-8933 to learn more about our flexible pick-up options and our affordable plans. 


WHO CREATES MEDICAL WASTE AND HOW CAN MANAGEMED BIOMEDICAL WASTE SERVICES HELP?

When it come to medical waste, many people may be surprised that hospitals and clinics are not the only types of facilities that create hazardous and/or bio-medical waste. In fact, the list is growing with the different types of businesses and facilities that add to the medical waste stream each and every day.

Keep reading to see if your business made the list and to learn how Managemed can help you with removal and disposal of your medical waste.

WHO CREATES MEDICAL WASTE?
Medical waste is classified as “any solid waste generated in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of humans or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or even in the process of testing of biologicals.”

For this reason, there are several businesses and facilities that may be disposing of medical waste by simply throwing it in the trash. (To learn why this is a big “no, no”, read our blog, “3 REASONS WHY BIO-MEDICAL WASTE SERVICES ARE NECESSARY”.) For example, schools and daycare facilities usually have a nurse on staff to take care of accidents like a bloody knee or nurses may be responsible for administering daily shots. In this case, the nurse would need to dispose of the used needles in a sharps container.

Other non-medical facilities that need a proper removal and disposal service include veterinary offices, dental offices, and lab and research facilities. However, one of the fastest growing businesses is the in-home care industry. There is an increasing number of home health nurses who assist patients in their homes after surgeries or even on a daily basis.

Other types of industries that produce medical waste are hotel chains, tattoo parlors, and manufacturing facilities. Managemed has a diversified client base and is willing to work with businesses in order to create a safe and healthy environment through the use of proper disposal solutions.

MANAGEMED CAN HELP YOU MANAGE YOUR HAZARDOUS AND MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL
Pick-up options - Managemed offers a variety of pick-up options ranging from weekly to semi-annually. With Managemed you get to create a schedule that fits your facility’s needs.

Availability
- Managemed can be found from coast to coast. We provide services to the lower 48 states.

Low prices, high customer satisfaction
- We provide consistent and competitive pricing on all of our services. And because our business is built on a foundation of integrity, honesty, kindness, decency, respect, compassion and a belief in truth, justice, honor, love, and working together to make life better, we offer fair contracts with set prices.

No matter your type of business or industry, if you produce medical waste, Managemed wants to help. Give us a call today by giving us a call at 844.383.8933. Let Managemed do the research, employee training, and everything in between to create a safe and compliant medical waste disposal plan that fits you and your business’s needs.


3 TIPS TO HELP YOUR HEALTHCARE FACILITY OR BUSINESS STAY COMPLIANT

The word “compliant” can immediately make even the best office or business managers’ head spin with all of the rules and guidelines involved. However, when it comes to managing a facility’s hazardous medical waste, it is important to realize that these guidelines are put in place for a very specific reason. Leaking hazardous medical waste won’t exactly create the next set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it can put your staff, your patients or clients, and your business at risk of coming into contact with infectious waste and/or receiving hefty fines.

Here are just a few ways to help keep your health care facility or business compliant when it comes to managing hazardous waste. 

MAKE STAFF TRAINING A PRIORITY
One of the best things you can do for your facility is to make sure that they receive the proper training. Without proper training, guidelines such as placing sharps into a puncture-proof container can easily be overlooked.

At Managemed, we understand the connection between being compliant and keeping your staff and patients healthy and safe. In fact, Managemed offers multiple OSHA certifications to help you train your employees on the dangers of improperly handling or disposing of medical waste. 

ALWAYS USE APPROPRIATE CONTAINERS/BAGS
One of the “easiest” rules to follow when it comes to disposing of medical waste is to always use proper containers or bags when disposing of medical waste. For example, you would never place a sharp into a red biohazard bag. Doing so could puncture the bag and allow medical waste to contaminate your facility. Properly placing medical waste in the correct bag or container also helps when the waste makes its way to the disposal center because certain types of waste must be disposed of in a certain way.

Knowing which containers are for what type of waste goes back to the very first tip. Take the time to thoroughly train your staff in proper waste management. It will not only increase the health and safety of your facility, but it may even reduce a few “staying compliant” headaches in the future. 

PARTNER WITH THE RIGHT WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIKE MANAGEMED
When you choose the right waste management company to partner with, staying compliant becomes easier. With over 20 years of experience, Managemed knows what it takes to stay on top of the ever-changing OSHA and federal regulations surrounding the management of bio-hazard waste.

With affordable, flexible, and nationwide coverage, Managemed can help you create a waste management plan that fits your company’s needs. Give us a call today at 844-383-8933 and let us take the headache out of medical waste removal, medical waste transport, and medical waste disposal. 


HOW PROPER PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE DISPOSAL CAN HELP YOUR FACILITY

When it comes to disposing of pharmaceuticals of any kind, it is a big “no, no” to flush prescriptions down the toilet or sink. Doing so can increase the risk of contaminating ground water. It is also not a good practice to throw said pharmaceuticals in the trash. Landfills are already overflowing with dangerous items, and there is a possibility for them to end up in the wrong hands. The EPA and other governing agencies have been hard at work over the past couple of years putting together policies to protect our environment and the human race alike.

What does this mean for your business or facility? Check out the following frequently asked questions about pharmaceutical waste disposal and waste management to learn more about how you can help your place of work and your environment. 

ARE ALL PHARMACEUTICALS CONSIDERED HAZARDOUS WASTE? 
Depending on the state in which you live, not all pharmaceutical waste is considered a hazardous waste. Even though a particular type of pharmaceutical waste may not be considered “hazardous”, pharmaceuticals can still be harmful and that is why it is very important to dispose of, transport, and eliminate pharmaceutical waste properly. Pharmaceuticals contain many different types of chemicals combinations and disposing of multiple pharmaceuticals can possibly cause major damage if not disposed of properly. 

CAN PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE BE “RED BAGGED”? 
The simple answer is “no.” As mentioned earlier, pharmaceutical waste often contains many different chemicals and chemical combinations; therefore, it is considered a hazardous chemical waste. Red bagged waste contains bio-hazardous waste and is most commonly placed in an autoclave, microwave, or incinerator until the waste is considered harmless.

Hazardous chemical waste, such as pharmaceutical waste, must be disposed of by placing the waste into an incinerator which is brought to a temperature that is so high that it can literally break down the chemical composition of the waste. 

CAN ALL PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE BE PLACED IN THE SAME DISPOSAL CONTAINER? 
This is where things can begin to become a little tricky. Pharmaceutical waste comes in many different forms including liquid, powder, and solids. If you paid any attention in chemistry class, then you know that when you join certain chemicals together, chemical reactions occur. That is why it is very important that certain pharmaceuticals be separated in separate containers based on certain characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity. 

WHY IS PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE DISPOSAL IMPORTANT?
 
The proper disposal of pharmaceutical waste is important for many reasons. Some of the top reasons for proper disposal include the health of workers and patients, the facility’s reputation, and the facility’s bottom dollar due to increased fines being imposed if hazardous waste is not disposed of properly. 

Managemed understands the policies and regulations that surround medical waste removal and medical waste disposal. Let Managemed take the hassle and stress out of managing your facility’s medical waste flow.  

We offer safe, compliant, and affordable solutions
customized to fit your needs. Give Managemed a call today at 844.383.8933 to learn more about our flexible and nationwide medical waste programs. 


AUTOCLAVING MEDICAL WASTE

When it comes to removing medical waste, it is important to understand that you cannot simply throw biomedical waste in a regular trash container to be taken to your local dump or landfill. In fact, medical waste has to be separated as it is being “thrown away” in special containers, which are usually color coded for easy identification. One of the main reasons for the pre-separation of medical waste is due to the nature in which it is treated and disposed of. What works for treating and disposing of one type of medical waste may not be okay for another type of medical waste.

In a previous article, the process of incineration was discussed. Though this process works for pathological and pharmaceutical waste, it is not the best solution for other medical waste such as sharps or infectious waste. 

WHAT IS AUTOCLAVING? 
In simple terms, autoclaving is steam sterilization, and it is used for about 90% of regulated medical waste. Medical waste is placed in the autoclave for a select amount of time. The high temperature of the steam is able to destroy any microorganisms that may exist. This allows the products left to be disposed of, and in some cases, recycled. 

THE PROS OF AUTOCLAVING MEDICAL WASTE
Since the autoclaving process uses steam instead of chemicals to destroy potentially harmful microorganisms, it is clean and environmentally safe. This is perhaps one of the main reasons that facilities choose the autoclaving process when it can be used. There are some instances when autoclaving should not be used. It should never be used to treat chemotherapy, pharmaceutical, or chemical waste.

Proper autoclaving processes also allow certain plastics to be recycled after being treated. Needles can be removed and plastics can be taken to a secondary treatment and processing facility to become recycled. 

WHY CHOOSE MANAGEMED AS YOUR MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL COMPANY
Whether you are a large hospital, a local dentist, a veterinary clinic or a private practice, Managemed Medical Waste Disposal can help you manage your bio-hazard waste stream.

Let Magagemed take the headache out of all of the laws and permits associated with medical waste removal and processing. Give us a call today at 844-383-8933 to get started. We are flexible, affordable, and offer a variety of services. 


THE TOP 5 MEDICAL WASTE CATEGORIES

One of the first steps of the removal and disposal of medical waste is separating the different types of medical waste. This is because certain processes of disposal for one type of waste may not necessary be a good choice or even safe for another type of medical waste.

The following is a breakdown of the different types of bio-medical waste that Managemed commonly disposes. 

1. INFECTIOUS WASTE
By definition, infectious waste is any waste products or substances, which are likely to have be contaminated or exposed to an infectious virus, bacteria, parasites, etc. Waste products may include lab cultures, tissues, and gloves. Due to the nature of infectious waste, it is very important that the waste is handled in a proper manner from the very beginning until it is completely disposed. Managemed not only understands the requirements of handling and disposing of infectious waste, but we also encourage our clients and their employees to become OSHA certified. 

2. SHARPS
Sharps are any device used to puncture the skin. Devices such as syringes, scalpels, blades, and needles become a form of biomedical waste after their initial use.  Sharps waste must be handled with extreme caution due to the nature of sharp objects and the possibility of transmitting infectious waste if a contaminated sharp punctures the skin after being used. Managemed offers biohazard boxes for the safe and efficient disposal of sharps. 

3. PATHOLOGICAL
Pathological waste can be categorized as animal or human body parts, organs, tissue, fluids, and items from surgery such as blood and biopsy specimen. This type of waste should be disposed of in the biohazard container with the RED bag.  During the disposal process, most pathological waste is incinerated. 

4. CHEMICAL
Chemical waste is easy to understand. It is any waste created by chemicals. Even though the concept is easy, handling and disposal can be harmful and very dangerous if done incorrectly. There are specific guidelines to follow when disposing of different chemicals. Managemed offers OSHA certification training in order for your business and your employees to learn the proper steps of handling and disposing of chemicals. 

5. PHARMACEUTICAL
Pharmaceutical waste mostly consists of expired and contaminated medications. It is important to dispose of expired and/or contaminated medications properly so that they do not get into the hands of someone who does not need them or contaminate the water supply. 

CALL MANAGEMED TODAY! 
If your profession or business use any of the above items, it is important to choose a medical waste disposal company who is knowledgeable of the removal, transport, and disposal of medical waste. 

Managemed is a nationwide company with over 20 years of experience in the industry. We strive to put our customers first while offering schedule flexibility and affordability. Give us a call today at 844-383-8933 to speak with someone about our services and how we can be part of your medical waste solution.   


3 REASONS WHY BIO-MEDICAL WASTE SERVICES ARE NECESSARY

For some, the term “bio-medical waste” makes you instantly think of the antagonist in that one sci-fi movie you came across and watched because you were bored or couldn’t find the remote. However, most medical waste is not any more harmful than regular waste we produce on a daily basis. Nevertheless, the large amounts of bio-medical waste should be taken seriously, and since there are some types of medical waste, which can be harmful and even infectious to humans, bio-medical waste services are necessary. Below is more detail on why bio-medical waste services are necessary.  

1. BIO-MEDICAL WASTE CAN BE HARMFUL TO HUMANS
Bio-medical waste can be harmful to humans due to the nature of what it contains. All medical waste, especially waste from hospitals and clinics, should always be handled with the notion that the waste is or could be infectious to humans. Some bio-medical waste items that could be infectious to humans are any items containing blood, items containing bodily fluid like catheters, gloves, cultures, bandages, gauze, and so much more. It is very important that such waste is disposed of properly so that it doesn’t come into contact with unaware humans. 

2. BIO-MEDICAL WASTE CAN BE HARMFUL TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Not only is bio-medical waste harmful to people, it can also be very harmful to animals and the overall environment if not disposed of properly. The waste produced by hospitals alone is growing more and more each day. When you take into account that 15% to 25% of all medical waste is bio-medical, infectious waste, it is important that it is not only removed from sites properly but that it is also disposed of properly. If waste is not disposed of properly, it can contaminate the air, water, and even the soil. This can lead to infectious rodents and insects that can transmit diseases. 

3. BIO-MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES ARE REQUIRED BY LAW
Laws pertaining to bio-medical waste disposal and bio-medical waste services are becoming more strict as authorities come to realize the possible dangers associated with bio-medical waste, medical waste removal, and medical waste disposal.

At Managemed, we not only value the safety of our own employees, but we also value the safety of our clients. Managemed offers OSHA certifications at the click of a mouse to help your business/industry learn more about workplace safety when it comes to bio-medical waste so that you don’t receive costly penalties.

Though bio-medical waste can be hazardous to humans and the environment, and potentially infectious, it won’t turn into a green slimy monster that takes over a small suburban town. If you are in charge of a hospital, small clinic, veterinarian office, dentist office, or any facility that produces bio-medical waste due to your job duties, then Managemed is here to help. Managedmed is licensed and understands the importance of safety when handling and disposing of medical and bio-medical waste. We are located throughout the United States from North Carolina to California and from Minnesota to Louisiana. Visit our website managemedmedicalwastedisposal.com to learn more about our services and how we can help your business.