Top Reasons You Need Proper Medical Waste Management

Medical Waste Services | Medical Waste | October 24, 2018

Do you and your employees know what goes in the regular trash can and what goes into the red, specially marked biomedical waste containers? While most businesses and medical facilities know the importance of following the rules and staying compliant, there are still people tossing medical waste where they want. For most, it’s a lack of training and not having a medical waste management system in place.

Here are a few reasons to put together a medical waste management system and how Medical Waste Services can help.

Medical waste can include infectious body fluids, used needles, chemicals, pathological waste, and more. While not all medical waste contains agents that can spread harmful diseases or pose serious risks to humans, there are many different forms of medical waste that can pose a risk to humans if handled improperly. By not having a proper medical waste management system in place, you are putting your staff, patients/customers, and others who visit your facility at risk of contracting diseases such as:

• Hepatitis
• Malaria

At Medical Waste Services, we understand just how dangerous infectious biomedical waste can be to humans. We provide the proper bags and containers for all of your medical waste needs. And in order to help you and your staff stay compliant and create a safe work environment, we also offer online OSHA compliance training. Help your staff learn the difference between medical waste and regular trash and how to dispose of medical waste properly.
Infectious bodily fluids
Not only is medical waste harmful to humans and animals, but it is also harmful to the environment. Even with hours of training, hefty fines, and the threat of shutting down, there are some businesses and facilities that still toss medical waste in with the regular trash headed for the landfill. While it may not seem like a big deal, biomedical waste adds up quickly when everyone continues tossing a few things here and there.

Not only does it create more waste in the local landfill, but contaminated waste also finds its way to our water supply. It gets into our streams, rivers, and lakes and eventually into our drinking water. While most things can be filtered out of our drinking water and decontaminated, most water treatment facilities have not figured out a way to filter out pathogens, expired medications, and other harmful medical waste.

At Medical Waste Services, we work hard to make sure that we are doing everything possible to keep our environment safe. When you partner with us, you are getting a company that produces no atmospheric pollution, operates under some of the highest standards in the industry, and has put in place clean, safe practices in order to create the most minimal carbon footprint and reduce the overall impact on the environment.
Medical waste can end up in our water.
There are several federal and state laws governing the disposal of medical waste. From the time it is created, removed, transported and disposed of, it’s important to follow the rules and regulations concerning medical waste. Are there a lot of rules? Yes. Is it impossible to follow the rules? No. By partnering with a medical waste disposal company like Medical Waste Services, it’s easy than you think to manage your medical waste.

Let us work with you to create a custom pick-up schedule to get rid of the potentially harmful waste in your facility. We also offer online OSHA training so that you can help your employees know the ins and outs of proper medical waste disposal and what should be disposed of and what container they should be using for the different types of biomedical waste.

We are also licensed, insured, and covered to handle the various types of medical waste. And with our Eco-Tech custom software, our customers can track waste from the time we pick it up to the time it is disposed of. You also have direct access to manifests, schedules, invoices, and statements to keep your medical waste organized and managed.

If you are ready to start managing your medical waste stream, then give Medical Waste Services a call today! Let us help create a custom schedule to help you stay 100% compliant. If you live in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, or Mississippi, give us a call at 866-355-7094 to get started.