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Can OSHA Fine Doctors’ Offices for Not Being in OSHA Compliance?

Can OSHA Fine Doctors’ Offices for Not Being in OSHA Compliance?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency that deals with the enforcement of safety and health-related issues within the workplace. When a doctor’s office is found to not be in compliance with the regulations established by OSHA, it is absolutely within OSHA’s powers to levy fines against that doctor’s office. Repeated noncompliance can also lead to OSHA enforcing even stricter fines or more dire consequences.

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How Do I Dispose of Expired Medications?

How Do I Dispose of Expired Medications?

Doctors’ offices and hospitals are bound to end up with expired medications. However, as with many items under the umbrella of medical waste, you cannot simply throw those medications in the trash. Rather, they must be properly disposed of. Making the process even more complicated, though, is the fact that not all expired medications should be stored, containerized, and treated the same. For environmental safety and to comply with all relevant regulations, you need to be aware of the different categories of expired medications and the protocol associated with each. Knowing how to dispose of expired medication properly constitutes a large part of safe medical waste disposal.  

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Doctors’ Offices and Hospitals Require Yearly OSHA Compliance Training

Doctors’ Offices and Hospitals Require Yearly OSHA Compliance Training

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.  

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Do I Need to Pay Monthly Service Billing for My Medical Waste Pick Up?

Do I Need to Pay Monthly Service Billing for My Medical Waste Pick Up?

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.  

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How Do Businesses and Universities Dispose of My Hazardous Waste?

How Do Businesses and Universities Dispose of My Hazardous Waste?

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.  

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How Dry Cleaners Can Dispose of PERC Hazardous Waste and Hydrocarbons

How Dry Cleaners Can Dispose of PERC Hazardous Waste and Hydrocarbons

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.  

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Are Long-Term Medical Waste Management Contracts Necessary?

Are Long-Term Medical Waste Management Contracts Necessary?

  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.  

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How Manufacturing Facilities Should Identify Hazardous Waste

How Manufacturing Facilities Should Identify Hazardous Waste

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.  

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