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Medical Waste Autoclave: What Types of Waste Are Disposed This Way?

Medical Waste Autoclave: What Types of Waste Are Disposed This Way?

Those in the medical industry have more than likely heard of a medical waste autoclave. However, if you’re not directly involved in its use, you may not realize exactly what type/s of medical waste can be disposed of in an autoclave and what can’t. In fact, knowing about this process of medical waste disposal is essential in order to maintain compliance with local, state, and federal laws regarding medical waste management.

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How to Tell if Your Solid Waste is Hazardous

How to Tell if Your Solid Waste is Hazardous

Do your staff and employees know how to identify hazardous solid waste? Do they know the difference between hazardous waste characteristics? Are they aware that hazardous solid waste that is corrosive, flammable, or potentially toxic poses a serious threat to the health and safety of humans, animals, and the environment? 
Not all waste is created equal, so how can you tell when your waste falls under regulations of federal and state laws for handling, shipping, and disposal processes?

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How to Choose the Proper Hazardous Waste Container

How to Choose the Proper Hazardous Waste Container

Hazardous waste removal processes involve numerous steps. One of the most crucial is how to select a proper and compliant hazardous waste container. This is not a one-size-fits-all process, as the right container for the job depends on factors that include the type of waste, its weight or volume, and its components.

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Hazardous Waste Violations: Beware! EPA Fines Have Increased

Hazardous Waste Violations: Beware! EPA Fines Have Increased

If you generate hazardous waste in your industry, you already know you can be subject to fines for non-compliant hazardous waste disposal. The law is clear on that. If you’re not aware of the heavy costs of fines and penalties for improper hazardous waste disposal, regardless of industry, you should be.

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4 Best Practices for Medical Waste Disposal and Transportation

4 Best Practices for Medical Waste Disposal and Transportation

Dealing with medical waste and transportation requires awareness, implementation of best practices, and compliance with federal, state, and local laws. With so many different types of potential medical waste streams (such as sharps, biological, infectious, pathological, pharmaceutical, etc.) and with different rules and regulations stipulating how each of those types of waste needs to be handled, it can quickly become confusing.

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Can Doctor’s Offices and Hospitals Put Expired Medications in Red Bag Waste?

Can Doctor’s Offices and Hospitals Put Expired Medications in Red Bag Waste?

If your doctor’s office or hospital is a fully functioning clinic, it’s very likely you periodically need to dispose of expired medications and biohazardous waste. When it comes to disposal of expired medications, staff need to follow specific regulations and restrictions regarding such waste and what kinds of medications get disposed of and in what fashion.

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Best Practices For Waste Disposal in Retail Settings

Best Practices For Waste Disposal in Retail Settings

Hazardous waste management isn’t only a problem for industry and manufacturing. Whole Foods, Walmart, and Macy’s are prototypical business-to-consumer enterprises. Hazardous waste disposal was likely a non-issue for their managers…until suddenly it was.

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Consequences of Poorly Managed Medical Waste Disposal

Consequences of Poorly Managed Medical Waste Disposal

While a majority of medical waste can be classified as non-hazardous, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 15% falls into the hazardous waste category, each of which triggers a particular set of protocols for its management and disposal. In order to minimize the health risks associated with exposure to these potentially infectious materials, physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers must take every precaution when managing and disposing of all medical waste.

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Ten Key Questions To Ask When Choosing a Waste Disposal Provider

Ten Key Questions To Ask When Choosing a Waste Disposal Provider

When it comes to finding the right waste management partner, you need to be able to ask the right questions. This blog entry reviews the fundamentals of hazardous waste management to inform a list of basic questions you should ask a prospective waste disposal provider to ensure you get the service you need.

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How to Label Hazardous Waste Containers Properly

How to Label Hazardous Waste Containers Properly

Labels on hazardous material containers alert people in a clear, easy way about the dangers of that waste. If labels aren’t accurate—or are missing altogether—people have no way of knowing what they are handling.

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