Funeral Parlors and Medical Waste – In order to maintain high standards at your business in caring for human remains and protecting the spirits of bereaved families, maintaining best practices is essential.
The funeral industry continues to grow in the U.S. Any business that helps prepare and plan the processes for someone who is deceased (cremation or burial) plays a role in the safe handling and disposal of waste produced.
The type of medical waste being generated at these facilities includes dressings and fabrics that have come in contact with bodily fluids as well as pharmaceuticals and PPE and other medical equipment – all of which have strict regulations for proper disposal.
Because the contact rate between employees in funeral homes and bodies that have passed away is so high, maintaining a clean, sanitary and safe workplace is key.
The use of strong chemicals like embalming fluid which contains formaldehyde, humectants and other solvents – and the handling of biomedical waste (blood-soaked gauze for example) all require bulletproof waste management program.
Education is also key. You and your employees should be familiar with all the proper waste storage, use, and disposal requirements and the rules for medical as well as non-medical waste that’s being produced daily. Even things like radioactive waste, trace chemo waste or pharmaceutical waste – while considered non-medical, need to be handled in compliance.
When it comes to biohazardous medical waste, there are also key steps to ensure employees are taking with the waste when they toss it as much of it will need to be incinerated to be destroyed. These will usually go into leak-proof, puncture-proof and properly labeled containers or red bags to clearly indicate their contents.
For funeral parlors, partnering with MedXwaste provides peace of mind that your medical waste has been properly disposed of. We are licensed and reputable professionals and can help with everything from waste segregation containers to education on how to properly dispose of sharps and other materials.
We know how busy running these types of operations can be. We want to make the process as easy and streamlined as possible without you ever having to risk non-compliance. In order to maintain high standards at your business in caring for human remains and protecting the spirits of bereaved families, maintaining best practices is essential.
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