Due regulations set by states and OSHA’s federal guidelines, medical waste must be disposed of in a certain matter.
This is also reinforced by other federal agencies such the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Transportation and other state-level regulators. After the 1988 Medical Waste Tracking Act expired in 1991, states were given the freedom to set laws and regulations to govern the medical waste.
Disposing of the medical waste that is generated at your facility is a necessary step to ensure compliance and safety. Most of this medical waste is generated at healthcare facilities across the United States. These facilities generally create 3 types of waste, medical/biohazardous, pharmaceutical and sharps.
After determining the type of waste, one must dispose under that categories guidelines. For general medical waste, red biohazardous containers will be needed for collection. This includes paper towels, wipes, gloves, or dressings with small amount of blood.
Any item that could potential puncture skin will be disposed in a “sharps container”. This container is puncture proof and leak-resident, for safety insurance. Companies such as MedPro Disposal, offer an affordable sharps/pharmaceutical mailback program that is the cost-effective and hassle-free. Labeling of the type of medical waste that is within a container is a must. As OSHA and most state regulations do require this step, so waste can be separated and taken care of appropriately after your disposal.
Choosing not to follow the laws regarding medical waste, set by your state and OSHA, will result in hefty fines and potential closure of your facility. Not to mention, practicing unsafe methods of disposing medical waste could be potential harmful for employees and other personal.