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Huntsville is a city located primarily in Madison County in the central part of the far northern region of the State of Alabama. Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County. The city extends west into neighboring Limestone County. Huntsville’s population was 180,105 as of the 2010 census. The Huntsville Metropolitan Area’s population was 417,593. Huntsville is the fourth-largest city in Alabama and the largest city in the five-county Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area, which at the 2013 census estimate had a total population of 683,871.
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Huntsville is steeped in history and in 2010 was added to the list of “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Following the end of the Civil War the city became a prominent area for agriculture and in particular the production of butter and cotton. Huntsville became a center for cotton textile mills which carried on over to the following century and throughout the Great Depression of the 1930s. Following the Second World War in 1945, the munitions facilities that had sprung up during wartime were no longer needed. Gradually the facilities became plants for the Army’s rocket and missile development. Throughout the 50s and 60s, Huntsville saw many major US space missions, the most famous of which was the development of the Saturn boosters, used by NASA in the Apollo Lunar Landing Program. The city became synonymous with space exploration and was affectionately dubbed “The Rocket City”.
More recently the city has become well known for its medical and biotechnology industry. There are more than 25 biotechnology companies in Huntsville focusing research and development on areas such as infectious disease diagnostics, immune responses to disease and cancer, protein crystallization, and agricultural technologies. There are also a number of non-profit organizations such as the HudsonAlpha Institute contributing clinical research in the areas of genomics and genetics. The city is also home to two major regional hospitals: Huntsville Hospital System and the Crestwood Medical Center. As a large hub for clinical research, Huntsville realizes now more than ever the importance of proper medical waste disposal in ensuring the safety of its citizens and surrounding environment.
Alabama does not have its own medical waste disposal program and is one of the 26 states that are covered entirely by the federal OSHA program. In Huntsville the medical waste program is managed by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and is defined as a solid waste that “because of its infectious characteristics may either cause, or significantly contribute to, an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness, or pose a substantial present hazard or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed, or otherwise managed”. In practice this will include wastes that are generated in the delivery of daily healthcare such as:
It is important to note that medical waste is not the same as hazardous waste, which must be treated differently. If infectious waste has been treated and had its infectious element removed, it is no longer defined as medical waste.
All healthcare facilities, whether hospitals, veterinary surgeries or nursing homes are required to submit a written medical waste plan before they can commence generation, transportation or treatment activity. The plan must specify the types of medical waste that will be generated, how the waste will be segregated and labeled, whether waste will be treated “on-site” or “off-site” and any transportation arrangements. The plan must be kept up-to-date as necessary and include mandatory employee training. Huntsville biohazard waste disposal companies can help you formulate your facility’s medical waste plan and provide OSHA compliance training to your employees.
While medical waste is present at your facility, it is your responsibility to contain and store it appropriately. Medical waste must be packaged in containers that have either a red background color or use red lettering with a contrasting background color. They must be clearly labeled with the words “Infectious” or “Medical Waste” or “Biohazardous” and contain the International Biological Hazard Symbol. Sharps must be placed directly into leak proof, rigid, puncture-resistant containers and sealed to prevent loss of contents under normal handling. Containers must be handled in a manner that does not affect the integrity of containment and must be stored in a way that affords protection from animals and the outside environment. Healthcare facilities must not store their medical waste for long than seven days from the date initial storage begins unless waste is refrigerated at a temperature less than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. This does not apply to small quantity generators (less than 220 pounds per month of medical waste).
Healthcare facilities are permitted to treat their medical waste on-site in the “Star of Alabama”. They must use incinerators and, in some circumstances, steam sterilizers to treat the waste. The high temperatures destroy the harmful bacteria and remove the infectious potential of the waste. Treating waste on-site is expensive, requires investment in infrastructure and brings its own additional challenges. Incinerators must comply with the regulations regarding air pollution control and correct treatment certification must be provided to the solid waste transporter on a per load basis. Most facilities choose to remove this burden by utilizing the services of a medical waste disposal company who will collect infectious treatment and transport it away for treatment off-site.
MedPro Disposal is becoming the company of choice for medical waste disposal in Huntsville and we pride ourselves on our customer service and customer loyalty. We offer a customized and flexible pick-up schedule and adapt our service around your needs. We are affordable and reliable and will never sign you up to a service that you do not need. Our methods are environmentally friendly and we also offer a mail-back service for facilities generating smaller quantities of waste.
No matter what your company’s needs are MedPro Disposal is here to listen ready to deliver. Our teams of disposal experts are a phone call away and will put together a medical waste management program that is tailored for you. We can provide your employees OSHA training that will keep them safe as they go about their business. For a low-cost alternative of medical waste disposal, contact MedPro Disposal in Huntsville, AL today.
The first settlers of the area were Muscogee-speaking people. The Chickasaw traditionally claim to have settled around 1300 after coming east across the Mississippi. A combination of factors, including depopulation due to disease, land disputes between the Choctaw and Cherokee, and pressures from the United States government had largely depopulated the area prior to Revolutionary War veteran John Hunt's arrival and settlement in the land around the Big Spring in 1805.