August 1st marks the first day of National Immunization Awareness Month.
As more vaccines get distributed, it is important to properly dispose of the needles, syringes, and any other biohazardous material that can puncture the skin and expose a person to contaminated bodily fluids.
Sharps injuries significantly increase the risk to hospital workers of diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. These injuries are one of the reasons why it is important to dispose of sharps properly. In addition, proper disposal can considerably decrease or eliminate the risk of sticks and infection caused by accidental punctures.
Proper sharps disposal not only protects people from harmful diseases but also saves your company money by avoiding heavy OSHA and FDA fines for not complying with the regulations for disposing of sharps.
Three ways to correctly dispose of your sharps
This method sends the biohazardous waste through the mail. The sharps must be packaged appropriately and labeled before pickup to guarantee it is safe and legal to collect and dispose of.
Most medical waste companies offer this service, including MedPro Disposal, but not all companies do. MedPro’s red sharps disposal containers come in several handy sizes. Each leakproof, puncture-resistant container comes with a prepaid mail-back shipping box, ensuring that we comply with OSHA and FDA regulations and provide your company with cheaper disposal services.
To see more information about our Mail-back Services click here.
Another way to correctly dispose of your sharps waste is to package them on-site and then hire a disposal company to collect them to take them off for treatment. Like Mail-back, most waste disposal companies will offer this service, including MedPro Disposal.
MedPro Disposal offers cost-effective, reliable medical waste disposal, including sharps disposal. We service 48 states in the United States, with more than 80 regional affiliate haulers. We offer a quick, reliable, cost-effective disposal that is always right nearby.
Hiring a professional waste disposal company to dispose of your sharps is not required, but it is encouraged. Some facilities opt for on-site sharps disposal; however, it is much more tenuous as it requires specialized equipment and compliance training for any employee handling the sharps waste.
Do-it-yourself disposal can seem like a way to save money; however, consider the equipment, training, and employee hours necessary to properly dispose of your sharps waste. Paired with the risk of mismanagement and potential fines, the cost of sharps disposal services begins to make more sense.
The MedPro Solution
As National Immunization Awareness Month approaches it is important to educate or reeducate yourself on how to properly dispose of your sharps and understand the penalties if you don’t.
Here at MedPro Waste Disposal are goal is to not only provide simple and efficient sharps disposal services but also inform our clients about sharps and the importance of correctly disposing of them. To learn more about MedPro Disposal’s sharps disposal services click here.