Utah Medical Waste Savings
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Utah Medical and Biohazardous Waste Disposal
- Waste containing blood and blood products, excretions, exudates, secretions, suctionings and other body fluids that cannot be directly discarded into a municipal sewer system should be handled as infectious waste.
- Body fluids in containers, in excess of small amounts remaining after draining or that drip freely or could be released in a liquid or semi-liquid state from soaked solid wastes items, and absorbent waste materials saturated with blood or body fluids (e.g. contaminated items that would release liquid or a semi-liquid form, if compressed with finger pressure) should be handled as infectious waste.
- Wastes that do not need to be handled as infectious waste include diapers soiled with urine or feces and articles contaminated with fully absorbed or dried blood, such as gauze, paper towels, and sanitary napkins.
- Determining the presence or absence of a pathogen is not possible in most situations and determining the exposure risk is even more difficult. However, the literature is in general agreement that when blood or body fluids are present in absorbent material in sufficient quantity to allow dripping when squeezed by hand then it should be handled as an infectious waste.
In plain language, it is always better to be safe than sorry. The public, or your own medical staff, may have questions about the nature of medical waste and how it needs to be handled. More complex questions may involve managing data collection about medical waste, and how or if it is possible to recognize cost, item, and labor savings by switching from certain operational disposable items to reusable items – what is legal, what is safe? If you need help with Utah medical and biohazardous waste disposal regulations or are confused about what constitutes medical waste and how best to carry out medical waste disposal, contact your local health authorities, the State of Utah, or ask a biohazardous waste disposal professional such as MedPro Disposal to assist.
MedPro Disposal has an Online Safety Compliance Portal at your disposal ready to help. Reducing risk has never been easier, with safety audits, safety plans, compliance training and comprehensive sets of resources for medical and biohazard waste disposal. You can count on us to be knowledgeable, organized and responsive, and to successfully guide you toward managing and building a safety plan that is required by OHSA for exposure control and emergency preparedness. Required staff training and certification for medical waste disposal in areas such as Hazcom, BPP and HIPAA can also be completed online on the MedPro Disposal portal. With all of these resources available, you can be in compliance and get the job of medical waste disposal done, with confidence and knowledge, for the good of your company and for the public who you serve.