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.