Posted on July 21, 2014

It’s an Absolute “NO” on These Medical Waste Practices

Managing regulated medical waste can be overwhelming especially when there are so many important things that take up your time. Your patients are of course your main focus. Fortunately, we’ve compiled this list of some vital tips to help you manage your medical waste to keep your patients and staff safe. So here are some major DON’Ts when it comes to medical waste practices at your facility. Learn them, live them, love them and it will make your life easier.

What Not To Do With Medical Waste:

DON’T put regular trash in with biohazardous waste.

DON’T place sharps disposal directly into bags or things they can puncture. Use only approved sharps containers.

DON’T forget to label your waste container properly.

DON’T put loose waste directly into the biohazard waste container.

DON’T put waste directly into the biohazard container.

DON’T let your sharps container or biohazard container get too full. Schedule a pickup when it’s 3/4 of the way full.

DON’T use this container to dispose of animals.

DON’T use this container to dispose of radioactive materials.

DON’T store medical waste in an unrestricted area. Make sure it’s secure labeled for authorized personnel only.

So what should you do?

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There are a few proactive things you can do to make sure your biohazardous waste is being managed safely and appropriately as well as in full compliance.

DO use a fully licensed and insured medical waste disposal company

DO have a waste management plan in place that includes employee training and an appropriate pickup schedule for your waste

DO encourage employees to know exactly what does and does not go in the biohazard container. Extra waste that doesn’t belong can mean extra costs unnecessarily!


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