Document shredding is an important part of ensuring the protection of sensitive patient information and overall HIPAA compliance. This makes shredding vitally important to your medical facility for two reasons. One, proper compliance protects the patients you care for, making them more likely to trust your facility’s professionalism and keep returning to you for their medical needs. Two, proper compliance means you get to avoid all the OSHA fines you’d be liable to pay if you weren’t strictly following regulations.
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Whenever you generate medical waste that necessitates special treatment before disposal, it’s a good idea to be fully aware of the legal requirements and best practices related to the certificate of destruction. The possibility is always there that written evidence of your waste having been legally and correctly disposed of could be necessary in an audit situation. It’s important, therefore, to know what’s required of you and then follow those rules to the letter. Not doing so could result in fines—or worse.