Funeral Home Waste Management Services
The 4 Main Components of Safe Biohazardous Waste Management in a Funeral Home
When it comes to managing a funeral home, disposing of the potentially infectious waste stream can feel daunting. However, if you understand the 4 main components of safe waste management, you will be on your way to running a safe funeral home that is fully compliant with all regulations.
1. Types of Funeral Home Medical Waste
Listed below are the most common types of medical waste found in funeral homes.
- Sharps waste, such as needles.
- Materials such as gauze and gowns that accompany the deceased to the funeral home.
- Materials used in the preparation room such as disposable gloves, gauze, and tubing.
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3. OSHA Regulations Affect Funeral Homes
OSHA bloodborne pathogens training that meets hazard communication standards must be provided to all employees who may come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious bodily fluids during their employment. This includes writing an exposure control plan outlining how the funeral home will protect employees from exposure to infectious wastes.
Check with your medical waste provider to see if they have a compliance program available. Many offer online solutions that are economical and still provide everything you need to protect your business.
4. Personal Protective Equipment is Key
OSHA compliance is essential to keeping your work environment safe, but it can still be a lot to handle. That’s why MedPro is dedicated to helping educate you and your staff on ways to make compliance a simple and hassle-free part of your life.In addition to OSHA training, personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposure is key. PPE can include face and eye protection, body protection, hand protection and more. Look at the nurse who recently contracted the Ebola virus after caring for a patient in Dallas with Ebola. Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tom Frieden, said: “We don’t know what occurred, but at some point, there was a breach in protocol.” He went on to say that treating a patient with Ebola can be done safely but “even a single inadvertent slip can result in contamination.” This will become even more vital if more patients die from Ebola and their remains may be handled by coroners and medical examiners.