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It’s imperative that doctors’ offices and hospitals know how to deal with dangerous substances and biohazardous waste as well as react in dangerous situations. It’s so important that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has laid out legal regulations and rules related to issues such as bloodborne pathogens, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, hazard communication (hazcom) plans, and more. OSHA requires ongoing training in these categories, and not being up to date on this not only puts your facility in financial risk of fines, but it puts your employees and those you serve at risk of becoming hurt or ill.
In the world of biomedical waste pick up, many people are becoming wary of monthly service charges. However, the problematic issue does not lie with a monthly service charge itself. It’s the combination of being locked into medical waste contracts and being charged exorbitant monthly fees. With that in mind, medical facilities and doctors’ offices don’t necessarily need to avoid monthly fees. They just need to ensure those monthly fees meet certain requirements.
If your company or facility generates hazardous waste, you need to do everything in your power to avoid improper hazardous waste disposal. Rather, you must ensure that waste is disposed of properly and safely. This process involves many steps. Some are the responsibility of the company producing the hazardous material, and some are the responsibility of the business or university actually transporting or disposing of it. Make sure you know what’s expected of you as well as the people you partner with in order to comply with all regulations and safety requirements for hazardous waste.
If you run a dry cleaning business, it’s essential that you are properly disposing of hazardous waste created through that dry cleaning process. This is important, of course, for environmental preservation and safety, and it also safeguards your business against fines or other costly penalties. This step-by-step process includes the identification, transportation, and disposal of perchloroethylene (PERC), hydrocarbons, and/or any other hazardous material or byproduct created through dry cleaning.
Doctors understand that their offices and facilities create biohazardous waste that must be disposed of properly and safely with a hazardous waste disposal company. However, not all doctors realize how many options they have in regards to partnering with businesses to dispose of that waste. Due at least in part to lack of information within the industry, many doctors’ offices needlessly become locked into long-term medical waste management contracts. While waste contracts are largely the norm, they are not the only option—and they are certainly not the best financial option.
One of the most vital steps in properly disposing of hazardous waste created by manufacturing companies is for those companies to properly identify what constitutes hazardous waste. This is not always a straightforward proposition. However, it’s extremely important for those manufacturers to know what they have that’s hazardous in order to dispose of it properly. This helps save the environment and the company from ramifications of improper hazardous waste disposal.