Whether you run a small rural clinic or a 500-bed hospital in Georgia, you need to abide by a number of overarching medical waste regulations. Outside state-specific regulations are those of the federal government. Your doctor’s office or hospital must follow the rules of both to maintain compliance. While requirements for medical waste management in a small doctor’s office are not the same as the scope as that of a large hospital, you should be aware of (and working with people who are aware of) potential similarities and differences.
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The differences between regulated medical waste and potentially hazardous medical wastes are not always easy to define. That’s why it is imperative that not only health professionals, but also housekeeping and janitorial staff, are aware of the difference between wastes that belong in the regulated or ‘non-regulated’ categories when it comes to disposal.
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.
Defined as any type of waste consisting of human or animal body parts, Pathological waste is a regulated healthcare waste stream that must be collected and disposed of in line with state and federal regulations. Learn the best practice requirements that exist in your state for compliance and cost management.
Do you know the guidelines that govern sharps disposal in your State? Improper medical waste disposal has real and dire consequences for both people and our environment so it’s essential that healthcare providers are in full compliance when handling and disposing of sharps.
If you work in an industry where you come in contact with patients or bodily fluids, it’s important to understand exactly what biohazardous waste is. However, it’s equally important to understand biohazardous waste regulations and the laws surrounding the handling, storage, transportation, and disposal of such material.
The pecuniary penalties for mishandling biowaste, biohazard waste, or biomedical waste are substantial, not to mention a major distraction from your commitment to cure people and keep them healthy.
In most states, the EPA is responsible for developing and enforcing regulations for medical waste management. But in some, the Department of Health is involved (e.g., Missouri and Oklahoma) or might even be the primary enforcer (e.g., Colorado)
If you work in the medical field or manufacturing industry, you likely generate waste that needs to be containerized, shipped, and transported according to strict regulations. Whether it’s biomedical waste (red bag waste) or hazardous materials, this waste can’t simply be dumped in the garbage or down the drain. If you do deal with this waste in your profession and you contact a waste management company to help handle its proper treatment, consider the benefits of working with a full-service outfit.
If you run or manage a doctor’s office, you know how important it is to follow each and every regulation related to proper medical waste removal. However, you’re probably also keenly aware of just how many steps that process involves—at the local, state, and federal level. If you’re feeling overwhelmed keeping all these rules and regulations straight, consider the benefits of a regulatory compliance checklist. Such a checklist is essential to keeping your office both safe and compliant.