Veterinary Practices & Medical Waste – Is Your Veterinary Practice Disposing of Medical Waste Properly?
From school nurse’s offices to funeral parlors and even veterinarians. There are so many businesses that must adhere to stringent policies for the safe handling and disposal of medical waste.
When you think about medical waste and the need to dispose of this potentially biohazardous and infectious material you may quickly picture a hospital or outpatient services facility where blood-soaked gauze, IV drips and surgical procedures are happening. But the reality is that medical waste generators are everywhere. From school nurse’s offices to funeral parlors and even veterinary practices. There are so many businesses that must adhere to stringent policies for the safe handling and disposal of medical waste.
Even if your pets and animals don’t come to mind when thinking of medical waste, these facilities must also follow sanitation and safety regulations for how to handle waste coming out of their building. Understanding the kind of waste produced and why and how it must be handled is a critical first step. While these regulations can vary by state and industry here are a few key factors that they must include. It makes sense to speak with a professional service provider in your area about the rules you’re obligated to follow and then partner with a company you can trust.
Safe Storage & Packaging
One of the most critical steps in safe handling and transport of medical waste is the containers and packaging for these items. Puncture-proof, spill proof and protected containers that are clearly labeled is the general rule for most waste. Other regulations also call for categorization for hazardous or nonhazardous waste with a dated and visible label on each container. Double check your requirements to ensure you’re in full compliance.
Manifests for Recordkeeping
Getting this waste out of your facility and safely destroyed requires special permits for hauling. What is referred to as “cradle to grave” manifests show proof that this process has been handled in full accordance with the law. Be sure the partner you choose is verified to carry your waste and provides you this critical documentation for your records.
Partner with a Professional Transporter
Outsourcing your medical waste disposal to a trusted provider won’t just save you time, it will also keep you protected. At MedXwaste we make it super simple to schedule pickups for your infectious medical waste and partner with you throughout the process so you’re never left wondering if your waste is being handled properly.
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