Types of Regulated Medical Waste: Infectious Waste

MedXWaste is in the business of dealing with regulated medical waste (RMW), but believe it or not, RWM is a pretty broad category that covers many different types of waste and there are specific methods to deal with each kind. In the medical waste field, there is infectious waste, hazardous waste, and radioactive waste, just to name a few.
This week we’re going to discuss infectious waste and how MedXWaste deals with the handling and disposing of infectious waste. As the name suggests, infectious waste is waste that has the potential to produce infectious disease. Infectious waste contains pathogens, and those who come into contact with it are susceptible to getting an infectious disease.

Infectious waste is probably the broadest category of RMW. This type of waste includes:

Lab waste, meaning

  • Waste cultures
  • Sharps
  • Discarded vaccines

Blood waste, including

  • Blood vials
  • Bandages, cloths, solid waste that contains blood
  • Sharps, tubing, and other items that are use to collect blood

Human bodily fluids, including

  • Blood
  • Cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, amniotic fluid, etc

Animal waste, whether from preserved animals from research, or those generated by veterinary practices, including body parts, bodily fluid, organs, and research waste that contains toxic chemicals

Sharps, including

  • Needles
  • Scalpels
  • Razors
  • Capillary tubes

This list is just a snippet of how vast infectious waste really is, but the bottom line is that infectious waste poses an environmental danger due to its biological risk. It is imperative those industries that produce infectious waste rely on a medical waste disposal company that is properly trained and certified to handle and dispose of said waste. MedXWaste specializes in the proper disposal of biohazard waste, which includes red bag waste, biomedical waste, and sharps disposal. We focus on making our medical waste management services flexible, compliant, and convenient, so you can focus on your core business.

As a provider of medical waste disposal services, protecting people and the environment from the risks associated with biohazard waste is at the heart of what we do, including decreasing the threat of exposure to contaminants and disease, as well as safeguarding your workplace. We assure compliance with medical waste disposal regulations, minimizing your risk of fines and/or penalties.

Learn more about MedXWaste’s medical waste management or sharps disposal programs for the areas we service and get a quote today on our pricing.


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