If you operate a pathology lab, you likely generate a lot of hazardous waste and biohazard waste that needs to be properly and legally disposed of. Generating this type of waste, however, means you’re subject to a lot of different rules and regulations for how to safely remove it from your facility for treatment. Because this can quickly become overwhelming, the following is a brief overview of what your pathology lab needs to be aware of in order to stay fully compliant.
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It’s not surprising that doctors’ offices and hospitals needs to properly and legally dispose of all the biohazardous materials generated in that facility. However, the exact same rules apply to veterinarians, yet many are not fully complying with the legal regulations surrounding that waste disposal. If you work in a veterinarian’s office, it is crucial that you comply with every law dealing with biohazardous material.
Whether you run a small clinic or a comprehensive hospital in Georgia, there are some overarching medical waste regulations that you’ll need to abide by. Outside these state-specific regulations, there are also federal laws that apply to every state. Regardless, you need to be aware of (and working with people who are aware of) all these potential differences. This ensures compliance at all times and in all places.
If you work with a medical waste disposal company, it’s easy to feel as if your part is done once that company completes your medical waste pickup. However, nothing could be further from the truth! As the generator of that medical waste, you are liable for the entire life of the waste. That is, until it is properly treated and disposed of, you are financially and legally on the hook if something happens with that waste. This is why medical waste disposal companies matter and why choosing one is so vitally important to your medical facility.
Doctors’ offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities produce a large amount of varied waste, and often those different types of waste require different disposal techniques. One such example is pathological waste, and just like hazardous waste or expired pharmaceutical waste, this too has a specific disposal protocol. If you believe your facility produces this type of waste, you must properly identify, segregate, label, and dispose of it—or you put your facility at risk for fines or other consequences.