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Best Practices for Disposing of Infectious Waste
Proper Handling & Disposal Are Essential
Medical facilities around the United States must adhere to state and federal regulations when it comes to handling, storage and disposal of infectious waste in order to prevent the spread of infection and to remain compliant. Following the recommended best practices is crucial to avoid violation and possible fines.
1. Correctly Categorize Waste
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has developed standards for categorizing infectious waste that must be followed to ensure compliance. These categories are:
Category A includes non-infectious waste like bandages and disposable medical supplies. These items pose a minimal risk.
Category B includes cultures and samples of microorganisms, pathogens or waste from patients with specific diseases. These items are categorized as posing a moderate risk for infection.
Category C includes waste that poses a high risk of infection, including waste from patients with infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola.
2. Properly Store Infectious Waste
Infectious waste must be stored in approved containers. Items must be kept in leak and puncture proof containers. This prevents spills and accidental exposure, both while the waste is stored onsite at the medical facility and while it is being transported.
3. Properly Label All Waste
Infectious waste must be labeled correctly and clearly. Labels should include information about the type of infectious waste in the container, the date the waste was generated and the name of the facility. Proper labeling ensures safe handling and disposal which will reduce the risk of potential hazards.
4. Safe & Secure Storage
All infectious waste must be stored in a secure location within the medical facility. It must be located in an area that is inaccessible to unauthorized individuals, patients and visitors. This helps reduce the risk of accidents and exposure.
5. Professional & Certified Medical Waste Disposal
All medical facilities that generate waste must follow mandates for proper disposal. This includes ensuring that the medical waste is properly disposed of by a licensed and certified professional medical waste company and the safe and secure transportation of the waste.
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