San Diego, California Medical Waste Disposal Services
MedPro Disposal offers medical waste disposal, infectious sharps waste management, OSHA compliance training including bloodborne pathogens training and certification, and HIPAA-compliance document shredding and data destruction services. MedPro Disposal keeps your practice safe and compliant so you can focus on what matters most, your patients.
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Work with MedPro Disposal to determine your first pickup date. We’ll confirm your office hours and provide convenient options for medical waste and sharps pickup.
Complete a compliance survey. After we get to know your requirements, we’ll send you a survey to identify any areas that need to be brought up to OSHA standards.
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San Diego, CA
Some things to do when in San Diego include, the San Diego Zoo, Qualcolm, Petco Park, Sea World, the breath-taking beaches, Gaslamp Quarter, Missions, and Sea Port Village. San Diego County is home to the most missions: Mission San Diego de Alcala, Mission San Luis Rey, Mission San Antonio de Pala and Mission Santa Ysabel.
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Home to Over 30,000 U.S. Navy Personnel, MedPro Medical Waste Disposal San Diego, CA is Proud to Serve San Diego.
Southern California is one of the most desirable places in the world to live and work. The weather, the beaches and quality of schools and healthcare combine to create what many people call paradise.
San Diego is served by several excellent hospitals including Sharp Memorial, Rady Children’s Hospital, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. The UC San Diego Medical School has a major positive influence on medical care in the area and thousands of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals combine to create an outstanding healthcare delivery system.
Many supporting industries such as medical supply companies, uniform suppliers, drug companies, and medical waste disposal providers complement and serve the front-line doctors and nurses to work as a team. MedPro Medical Waste Disposal San Diego, CA serves locations across the country, and we work hard to listen and be responsive when our customers tell us about their needs.
In California the Department of Public Health administers and enforces regulations intended to protect the public health from potentially hazardous bio-waste through the Medical Waste Management Act.
Compliance with these regulations is mandatory for healthcare workers and for medical disposal personnel. There is no room for compromise or misinterpretation.
The healthcare industry is facing challenges like never before, and the stereotypical view of doctors lounging at the country club all day is far from true today. The business of running a medical practice is increasingly difficult because of increased regulations and demands for online paperwork from insurance companies and the government.
From Forbes online: A majority of practicing physicians today get paid based only on the number and complexity of services delivered, through a fee-for-service reimbursement scheme that fails to recognize the whole of what they do for their patients. And it is this reimbursement approach and the associated administrative burden that accounts for much of the frustration and dissatisfaction so many doctors feel today.
Medical Waste Disposal San Diego, CA
Physicians have asked for a series of services and benefits from medical waste disposal companies, and MedPro has responded with the MedPro Advantage. More than a catchy slogan, it’s a solution-based commitment to work as a partner with our customers and remain responsive.
Cost is a major concern for doctors and MedPro has responded with several improvements including “right-sized” service plans. We will create a pick-up plan based on our customer’s needs, not our schedule. We try to congregate pick-ups with other facilities nearby and on the same days to save fuel and time and money. Then we pass those savings on because it’s common sense and good for building a long-term business relationship.
Doctors and medical administrators asked for simplified invoicing and MedPro responded with a one-flat-fee invoice that never includes any add-on fees or surcharges. One flat fee means the same price every month, no surprises.
The healthcare industry asked for more and better training. The MedPro Online Safety Compliance Portal is the result of years of study to create this unique platform available through the MedPro website. Contained in this secure, cloud-based system are modules for every conceivable training requirement and safety plan/audit. OSHA, HIPPA, HazCom training and MSDS/SDS forms are all current and online for training and certification. Customized safety plans including exposure control and fire safety can be created on the platform and safely stored.
Lower risk is always a concern throughout the medical profession, and MedPro helps our partner-customers achieve that through training, with printed material and posters for display in facilities, and with substantial insurance. MedPro has always maintained very significant insurance coverage in every area we service. Peace-of-mind for our customers is a top priority.
Customers have asked for improved customer service and so MedPro instituted the Dedicated Consumer Advocate program so every customer knows to ask for – by name – the person assigned to their account. Questions, comment, complaints? The dedicated advocate is always responsible to answer the call and provide resolution.
Doctors want full-service medical waste disposal San Diego, CA including mail-back programs for sharps and for unwanted or expired prescription drugs. MedPro does it.
Being a teammate on the San Diego healthcare team is a responsibility relished by MedPro Disposal. We accept our role and pledge to remain vigilant and responsive to our respected customers, the doctors, nurses, and medical professionals on the front lines of healthcare in southern California.
San Diego is known as the birth place of California. The city was home to the first European settlements in the 17th century. San Diego has 21 Franciscan missions that were founded from 1769 to 1823. The first mission, San Diego de Alcalá, is open to the public for self-guided tours. Besides historical spots, the city also boasts the beautiful Balboa Park, which is the site of the San Diego Zoo. There are many MLB fans in the city, as it is the base of the San Diego Padres. It goes to show how people value their health and wellness, as well as the healthcare system in their place.
The medical needs of the city’s residents are handled by excellent hospitals and clinics. Graduate medical schools such as the UC San Diego Medical School provide the city with an exceptional medical background. is one branch of the industry that enables small clinics and dental practices to comply with state health regulations.
In California, the disposal regulations for biomedical waste are based on the Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA). The act details the guidelines of the proper treatment, containment, and storage of biohazard waste from healthcare facilities. There are also other rules that small healthcare businesses in the state must adhere to.
Here are some ways to responsibly manage medical waste in compliance with other health and safety regulations:
Compliance to HIPAA
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule protects the privacy of many types of protected health information, such as electronic or written medical records. Based on HIPAA, any type of medical paper waste must be disposed to an unreadable state using pulping or shredding methods. If a healthcare center opts to transport their paper trash to sanitary landfills, the waste must be put in properly labeled and covered containers. It is also vital for personnel in a medical center to work with recycling experts who are HIPAA compliant.
Many hospitals and clinics in San Diego have resorted to digitizing their medical records. For example, one premier healthcare system in the state uses Health Information Exchange (HIE), that allows medical professionals to safely share their patients’ health information. The HIE is based on a health exchange network that operates for HIPAA purposes only.
Compliance to OSHA
Medical practitioners must follow the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA requires medical facilities to label and disclose the type of hazardous waste inside the bin. Here are the guidelines for the use of proper medical waste container:
- Warning labels must be affixed on the side of the bin indicating infectious or potentially infectious materials.
- The label must have the biohazard symbol.
- The label must be light orange or orange red with letters in a different color.
- The container must have its appropriate cover and closed for the entire duration of transport.
- For liquid waste, the container must be in good condition to prevent leakage.
Safe and Legal Sharp Disposal
The County of San Diego has waste disposal guidelines that regulate the management of waste from dental, veterinary, and other medical practices. Sharps are one type of waste regulated by the county.
Medical sharps are needles or blades that have been used or are going to be used for animals or humans in clinical, surgical, or laboratory settings. If mishandled after use, sharps could spread viruses such as Hepatitis B, HIV, or even Hepatitis C. OSHA states that waste bins for sharps need to be placed in areas where personnel would not have to make unnecessary movements while accessing the bin or holding a sharp. Here are some unsafe areas in a medical facility to place a sharps waste bin:
- Areas where the bin might be hit or dislodged
- Areas where patients or personnel will sit or lie down
- Near moving equipment, wheelchair access points, and pedestrian traffic
- Near utility access points, light switches, and room environment controls
- Narrow areas (under sinks and cabinets, room corners, and back of doors)
Segregation and Storage
A color-coding system is used for segregating medical waste. Each type of waste has its own type of bag or bin. The container is an indicator of what it contains and helps personnel in landfills separate waste for its special treatment process. Segregating clinical waste ensures that unnecessary trash is not placed in special expensive processes that are meant for other biohazard waste. Here are some classifications of bags and bins:
- Red Bins – Sharps
- Blue Bins – Pharmaceutical Waste
- Yellow Bins – Chemotherapy Waste
- Red Bags – Regulated Hazardous Waste
- Black Bins or Bags – Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Hazardous Waste
Once the waste is segregated, it is then placed in a temporary storage area before it is transported to a designated landfill. According to San Diego regulations, the bins must be locked in a storage area or under direct supervision. The containers’ biohazard symbol or warning sign must be seen from five feet. If warning signs are used, the text should be bilingual and readable from 25 feet; it should also comply to state regulations in the MWMA. The signs are not required for areas where biomedical waste is produced.
OSHA requires medical practitioners from small or large clinics to undergo training for handling hazardous waste. Employers have the duty of ensuring that their medical personnel are trained in identifying the different types of waste from medical centers. They also need to ensure that their personnel are aware of how waste is contained, segregated, treated, and disposed of.
Health authorities recommend that the handling and disposal process should be detailed in a manual, which the personnel can review before they are hired. The details in the manual should be updated once new regulations arise in the state. The changes should be effectively communicated to the personnel immediately to prevent non-compliance or accidental mishandling.
This way, healthcare facilities could maintain a safe environment for their staff and patients, as well as avoid fines or penalties. The rapid and continuous spread of communicable diseases will also be prevented.
Medical waste disposal companies near San Diego, California offer biohazard disposal, medical waste management, sharps pick up and more.
San Diego, CA Local Resources
Here are some local San Diego resources if you have any questions pertaining to Medical Waste Storage, Transportation and Disposal.
County Medical Society
County Medical Society
5575 Ruffin Road, Suite 250 San Diego, CA 92123
6610 Flanders Drive San Diego, CA 92121
San Diego County
San Diego County
9621 Ridgehaven Court San Diego, CA 92123
Supply and Other Resources for San Diego
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
301 Porter Industrial Rd Clarksville, AR 72830
Human Services Department
Human Services Department
900 S Rogers St Clarksville, AR 72830
KXIO COFFEE HOUSE
KXIO COFFEE HOUSE
117 S. College Ave Clarksville, AR 72830
San Diego Little-Known Facts
San Diego Bay is the “birthplace” of San Diego. On his search for a northwestern Pacific-to-Atlantic passage, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo set anchor in San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542, naming the Bay “San Miguel” after the saint whose day it was. Sixty years later, explorer Sebastian Viscaino arrived in San Miguel and renamed it “San Diego de Alcala”, after the patron saint of his flagship. The world’s oldest seaworthy tall sailing ship, the Star of India, calls San Diego Bay its homeport. Built in the 1863 and christened the Euterpe, after the Greek goddess of music, it circumnavigated the world 21 times. With headquarters adjacent to Lindbergh Field, San Diego’s Consolidated Aircraft’s workforce grew during 1940 from 3,170 to 33,000. By 1942, nearly 40 percent of the workforce was female, nicknamed “Rosie the Riveter.’ By 1945, Consolidated’s San Diego plant had turned out 6,724 B-24 Liberators in support of World War II.
Medical Waste Disposal Resources
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Why Choose MedPro Disposal for Medical Waste & Sharps Disposal?
Safe, affordable, fully insured medical waste management.
Reliable disposal service from an experienced provider.
Custom waste pickup and disposal solutions
OSHA, HIPAA, DOT, and other compliance training.
Methods of San Diego Medical Waste Disposal
On-site Waste Collection
Package medical waste on-site, then leave it for collection by a medical waste disposal company.
Mailback Waste Disposal
Properly package and label the sharps, then send the biohazardous waste safely through the mail for disposal.