What is Regulated Medical Waste?
Regulated Medical Waste (RMW), also known as Infectious or Biohazardous waste, may contain blood and contamination or potentially infectious materials or bodily fluids. RMW is generated by various facilities such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, urgent care, laboratories, veterinary clinics, pharmacies, and industrial facilities.
Examples of regulated medical waste
- Cultures and stock of microorganisms and biologicals
- Human blood and body fluids, and items contaminated with human blood or body fluids
- Tissues and other anatomical wastes
- Sharps (such as needles, syringes with attached needles, suture needles, and scalpels), including sharps generated through veterinary practice
- Animal carcasses and related wastes when animals are intentionally infected
- Mixtures and residues of RMW (such as from cleanups of RMW spills)
- Solid waste is suspected by the health care professional in charge of being capable of producing infectious diseases in humans.
How to Properly Dispose of Regulated Medical Waste
The first and most crucial step to disposing of regulated medical waste is correctly classifying it as regulated medical waste. The easiest way of disposing of regulated medical waste is to hire a professional medical waste disposal company, like MedPro, to pick up, transport, and dispose of your waste, as it guarantees compliance with all federal and state laws regarding the disposal of the waste.
Before treatment, transport, and disposal of the waste, it must be adequately packaged in Red Bags or Containers labeled with a prominent Biohazard Symbol. MedPro Waste Disposal will then pick up your waste and transport it to a designated disposal facility, where it will be put in a medical autoclave to sanitize the waste making it safe for disposal.
MedPro Waste Disposal RMW Services
The waste is then put in a particular area where we pick it up and take it back to their facility. The waste is then sorted through to remove any items that can be sent to a recycling center after it has been sterilized.
Waste that cannot be recycled, like gauze or needles, must be made sanitary and non-hazardous before being thrown away in a dump or landfill. This is usually done using an autoclave which works by forcing air out of the unit and steaming the items at intensely high heat. After the autoclave process removes all the bacteria, the waste can be disposed of in the usual manner.
All you have to do is place the waste in the classified bags, and MedPro Waste Disposal will do the rest for you! Click here for more information on our regulated medical waste disposal services.