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.