Alabama Medical Waste Savings
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A little about Alabama and Alabama Medical Waste Disposal.
Alabama Medical Waste Disposal
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) recognizes that Alabama is blessed with a wealth and variety of natural resources, which provide significant social, economic, and environmental benefits and opportunities for the citizens of Alabama. Their mission is to assure for all citizens of the State a safe, healthful, and productive environment.
Their medical waste program is where medical waste generators register with ADEM and medical waste transporters and processors are issued permits. The Alabama Solid Wastes and Recyclable Materials Management Act, Code of Alabama 1975, Section 22-27-1, et seq. 335-17, comprises all the regulations of ADEM dealing with medical waste management.
Alabama Medical Waste Disposal; when a solid waste, or combination of solid wastes, because of infectious characteristics, may either cause, or significantly contribute to, an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness, or pose a substantial present hazard or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed, or otherwise managed, then it is a type of solid waste that falls under the protection and regulation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Alabama.
Medical waste is defined as anything that is potentially pathogenic or infectious (i.e. could carry or transmit disease). Examples of medical waste include:
- Blood and other bodily fluids
- Blood – soaked bandages, compresses, etc.
- Tissues, such as organs or biopsy samples
- Used and unused hypodermic needles from the injection of insulin or other prescribed drugs
- Tattoo and body piercing needles
Alabama medical waste disposal at some point requires medical waste storage, this is defined by the regulatory authorities in Alabama as the containment of medical waste at the generating facility, or some alternative place, for a temporary or extended period of time, at the end of which time the waste is treated or stored elsewhere. Placing waste in a container at the point of generation such as a patient’s room, operating room, or laboratory would not be considered as storage.
A professional Alabama medical waste disposal company will advise you on regulations and best practices for safely gathering, storing and segregating medical and biohazard waste. Does your medical waste storage plan include the types of waste handled, the storage procedures that will be followed, the treatment facilities that will be utilized, and what steps will be taken to minimize exposure to employees from untreated medical waste? Local regulations for the transportation, treatment and disposal of medical waste are equally important and stringent, and your medical waste disposal company will hold itself to the same standards that we will advise you to hold yourself to. Understand what is required, make checklists for training and compliance with the standards for packaging, labeling, storage, treatment, transportation, and disposal of medical waste.
MedPro Disposal offers biohazard and medical waste disposal guidance and services throughout Alabama, including in Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Madison, Dothan, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Hoover, Auburn and Decatur. Medical waste disposal services include biohazard removal, sharps container disposal, an unwanted pharmaceuticals disposal program, safety compliance solutions and a mail back program for disposal kits. We understand the importance of saving your money without sacrificing service. MedPro Disposal will be your partner in your medical waste management program by being a low-cost provider of medical waste disposal and OSHA training services.