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Sharps Disposal: Biohazardous Medical Waste FAQs

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Sharps disposal can be a tricky business. One needle stick can take a life, or deliver thousands in fines from the EPA or other government bodies. To make things worse, regulations are always in flux, and they can change drastically across state or even local lines. The tendency is to “err on the side of…

Biohazard Waste Facts Every Healthcare Provider Should Know

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Each year, tons of biohazard waste is disposed of from countless medical facilities around the country. From soiled linens to used needles, once these items become contaminated, they must be handled with the utmost care. While special biohazard containers make disposal easy and safe for caregivers, accidents can and often do happen. Because these items…

Which Hazardous Waste Container is Appropriate?

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Dealing with hazardous waste is no easy task. It involves many steps, but perhaps the most appropriate one is selecting the right hazardous waste container for transportation. Sadly, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to choosing the right waste container for the job. In order to do so, you’ve got to follow a few specific rules.…

What Are Some Examples of Biohazard Waste?

Anything that is soaked in blood (gloves, gauze, gowns etc.) Human or animal tissues created during procedures Cultures of infectious diseases/agents Any waste produced in patient’s rooms with communicable diseases Discarded vaccines First of All, what is Biohazard Waste? Iowa State University defines biohazardous waste as “All biologically contaminated waste that could potentially cause harm…

Why Do We Use Biohazard Bags?

Dispose of Facilities Waste Healthcare providers and facilities alike produce medical/biohazardous waste daily. This medical/biohazardous cannot be disposed of with your normal garbage due to many factors. This waste must be disposed of in a separate specified container/bags. Unlike your normal trash bags, these biohazard bags must be equipped to handle potentially dangerous material. To…

What is Not Considered Medical Waste?

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Medical waste is broad term that can be fitted to towards a wide range of waste. There are set rules and regulations what can and not go into a medical waste bag. These rules are in place to make disposal of infectious waste safe for both healthcare workers and the environment. Some types of waste…

What Are Biohazardous Waste Bags?

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Biohazard waste is generally defined as any waste contaminated with potentially infectious agents or materials that may pose a threat to public health or the environment. Biohazardous waste bags are what will collect theses agents or materials. Biohazardous waste differs from medical waste. Medical waste is generated in labs or clinical settings that is not…

What Are Some Types of Medical Waste?

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Definition of Medical Waste Medical waste is defined as any item that comes into contact with body fluids. More specifically, it is any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of humans. Medical waste can be identified by one of the four different categories: Infectious, hazardous, radioactive, and general. Infectious Waste…

What Do Hospitals Do with Their Biohazardous Waste?

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Collection of Waste When healthcare facilities produce medical waste, it must be collected properly. This will make sure that hospitals/facilities are compliant with federal OSHA regulations and various local regulations. There are specific rules of what can disposed of in these biohazardous waste bags. For example, if there are any sharps or needles, those would…

Is It Illegal to Throw Biohazardous Waste in the Garbage?

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Improper disposal of medical waste can result in hefty fines, sometimes upwards of millions of dollars, and potentially prison time. Companies located from California to Pennsylvania have been fined anywhere from $200,000 to 20 million dollars!