Choosing the right medical waste management company can be a daunting task. After all, if you choose the wrong partner, and that partner makes a mistake with your waste, you could be financially liable.
Here are 4 things to avoid when hiring a medical waste management company.
- Not Checking the Basics
Waste management companies are required to have insurance to handle, transport, and dispose of certain waste material. It’s important you ensure whatever company you go with can protect your practice against the waste it generates. For example, do they have adequate insurance? When do you stop being responsible for the waste your practice generates? If the driver causes a wreck with your waste on-board, do you know if that falls back on your practice? If not this is a problem.
- Not Going with a Flexible Company
If you’re like most doctor’s offices, you have varying waste needs. You might be extremely busy during a certain part of the year, like the winter months, and not so busy during other parts of the year, perhaps the summer months. It’s important to choose a company that is flexible enough to scale up and down with your practice. This will make your life much easier and save you money so you don’t have to work with several companies.
- Choosing a Company Not Fully Versed in the paperwork
Destruction of medical waste has paperwork associated with it. This can include a bill of lading, a manifest, or something else. All of this paperwork is your proof that you are in full compliance with all local, state and federal disposal laws. Should you ever be audited, you will need this paperwork to prove compliance. When choosing a waste management company, it’s important to choose a company that is fully versed in this paperwork and follows the law with every single occurrence.
- Foregoing Customer Service
You may assume customer service isn’t that big of a deal when it comes to waste management companies, but knowledgeable, reputable, and reliable customer service can make your whole practice run smoother. Should you ever have a question, or need to reschedule a waste pickup, you’ll want to work with a company that will answer your calls and provide fast service.
Check out our practice savings calculator here to see how much you could save on your medical waste disposal.
If you’re looking for a low-cost medical waste management provider with no hidden fees, that’s reliable and flexible, with a dedicated customer service staff, give us a call today.