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Need to Know Information on Regulated Medical Waste

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Need to Know Information on Regulated Medical Waste  The RMW compliance rules are both simple and complex and although most are common, they can vary from state to state. Knowing where to turn to in understanding the basics is a priority. The term ‘RMW’ stands for regulated medical waste. It is also known as ‘infectious’…

The Effects of Biohazard Waste on the Environment

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Biohazardous waste, also known as infectious or biomedical waste, is any waste that contains infectious materials or potentially infectious substances such as blood. Of particular concern are sharps such as scalpel blades, needles, glass pipettes, or any other waste material that may cause an injury during handling.   Biohazardous waste must be handled according to strict federal, state and local regulations. Mishandled biohazard waste poses…

These Diseases Can be Caused by Improperly Disposed-of Medical Waste

Because it contains a high amount of disease-causing organisms, also called pathogens, medical waste poses a risk when handled improperly and released into the environment. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that improper disposal of medical waste can cause the following diseases:    Parasitic Infections  It’s not surprising that labs who regularly test for parasitic infections would have…

What is Not Considered Medical Waste?

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 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…