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Tips When Selecting a Full-Service Hazardous Waste Management Company

Tips When Selecting a Full-Service Hazardous Waste Management Company

When it comes to waste management companies, you want to ensure you’re working with the most experienced, reputable, and convenient company you possibly can. With that in mind, there are distinct benefits to choosing a full-service hazardous waste management company over a business that will only provide certain services in the waste management arena.  

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Why Universities Need Full-Service Waste Management Companies

Why Universities Need Full-Service Waste Management Companies

Universities can produce a great deal of waste, and that often includes different kinds of waste materials. Whether your university produces biohazardous waste, universal waste, or more, you can benefit from working with a waste management company to ensure everything generated is properly disposed of. Because of the diversity and amount of waste produced, it would be particularly helpful for universities to work with full-service waste management companies.  

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How Doctors’ Offices Should Properly Dispose of Red Bag Medical Waste

How Doctors’ Offices Should Properly Dispose of Red Bag Medical Waste

As a medical facility, it’s imperative that you properly dispose of red bag medical waste in the most conscientious, legal, and safe way possible. This not only ensures that the environment and the people handling the waste are kept safe, but it also protects your hospital or doctor’s office from fines levied against you for improper waste disposal protocol. One common kind of waste that needs to be dealt with in a specific way is regulated medical waste—also known as red bag waste.  

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Important Tips to Hiring the Right Medical Waste Management Company

Important Tips to Hiring the Right Medical Waste Management Company

The medical waste management company you choose to work with matters. The consequences for working with an inexperienced or less-than-knowledgeable company are high, and as a medical facility, you are often liable for any mistakes that company makes with your generated waste. When it’s your finances and office on the line, it becomes essential that you choose the best. This means ensuring the company is fully legal to operate, but it’s also about more intangible qualities such as customer service.  

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Are Emergency Response Numbers Required on Hazardous Waste Manifests?

Are Emergency Response Numbers Required on Hazardous Waste Manifests?

One of the most important aspects of handling, transporting, and properly disposing of hazardous waste is obviously safety. Contingencies especially need to be in place in case something unexpected happens during transport, and one such security measure is an emergency response number included on the hazardous waste manifest. Lacking a number or improperly providing a number not only poses a health and safety risk, but it also makes the waste generator and transporter liable to consequences for federal noncompliance.

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Can I Ship My Expired Medications to a Reverse Distributor?

Can I Ship My Expired Medications to a Reverse Distributor?

Whether work in a hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home, or other medical-related facility with pharmaceuticals onsite, there are bound to eventually be expired medications that need to be properly dealt with. While there are strict regulations that govern how you can dispose of expired medications, many people in medical facilities are either unaware of those regulations or ignore them. One area of particular confusion relates to shipping medications that have expired to a reverse distributor.  

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How Long Has Your Hazardous Waste Provider Worked with Dry Cleaners?

How Long Has Your Hazardous Waste Provider Worked with Dry Cleaners?

When it comes to waste disposal in dry cleaning, it’s a very unique and specialized industry. It’s not like working with regular manufacturing waste, which means you want to make sure the waste management company you work with has specific expertise in that line of work and that hazardous material. Because it is so different from industrial waste management, the following are some important questions to ask before settling on a dry cleaner hazardous waste disposal company to service the waste you generate during dry cleaning.  

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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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