The Dos and Don’ts of Medical Waste Removal

Hospitals, labs, tattoo parlors, funeral homes, assisted living facilities, at first thought may not seem like they share similarities, but when it comes to regulated medical waste, they all share one common denominator: maintaining compliance and good practices with medical waste removal.

Managing and disposing of regulated medical waste can be a daunting task, as there are a lot of dos and don’ts as dictated by local and federal laws, but MedXWaste takes the guess work out of properly handling and disposing of your medical waste so you can focus on doing what you do best: servicing your communities.

Here is a helpful list of dos and don’ts to help you manage your medical waste so that your staff and those you serve are kept safe and healthy:

DON’T
– Place medical waste in the regular trash receptacle. Not only is this against the law, it is a health hazard for you, your staff, and your patients and customers.
– Place sharps in a red bag. MedXWaste offers sharps containers so that you can properly remove these from your facilities. Sharps can puncture red bags, thus creating a serious health risk.
– Let your containers get too full. An overflowing container means that its contents will not be properly contained, which also can expose those to its contaminants.
– Place other waste materials into the hazardous waste containers.
– Store your containers in unrestricted areas. Containers should only be accessed by authorized personnel.

DO
– Rely on a certified and insured medical waste removal professional like MedXWaste.
– Have a waste management plan. MedXWaste offers an OSHA compliance program that includes training on all subjects related to medical waste, including bloodborne pathogens, HIPAA, and more.
– Use your containers wisely and appropriately. Ensure that all containers are labeled correctly and out of harm’s way.
– Familiarize yourself with local and federal laws to ensure compliance. Your health and reputation depend on it!

MedXWaste can provide you with bins, red bags, and sharps containers and any other information you need to properly deal with your regulated medical waste.

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