Hazardous Waste in Dental Practices

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What Are the Different Types of Medical Waste and How to Safely Dispose of Them Just like other healthcare facilities, dental practices generate a variety of hazardous medical waste. Proper handling, storage and disposal of these dental wastes is crucial to protect the patients, employees and the environment. Here’s a guide on the different types…

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Safe Medical Waste Disposal for Tattoo Parlors

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Understanding Regulations & Safety Concerns Tattoo artists and owners of tattoo shops offer a variety of services to their customers; many, in addition to providing body art, offer body piercings as well. Because these services require the use of various types of medical instruments and materials, it’s imperative that owners and artists understand the regulations…

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What Items Are Not Acceptable for Disposal with Medical Waste?

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What Are the Ramifications of Improper Disposal? Whether a physician’s office, veterinarian, hospital or other healthcare facility, proper disposal of medical waste is crucial. Understanding the different categories of medical waste, how they must be categorized and segregated, collected and stored is key to ensuring compliance and the safety of your staff, your patients and…

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Expired Vitamins and Supplements: Are They Medical Waste?

How to Safely Dispose of Them To many, taking a variety of vitamins or dietary supplements on a daily basis is part of the normal routine. But what happens when they reach their expiration date? Can you just throw them in the regular trash? Expired vitamins and dietary supplements can be considered medical waste and…

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Universities & Medical Waste

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Why Safe Storage & Disposal of Waste Is Crucial College campuses around the United States provide students with a wealth of opportunities to learn, grow and discover what path they wish to take for their future. But these institutions must also ensure that they are providing a healthy and safe environment for all students, staff…

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What Are OSHA Standards for BBP Exposure?

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Why Having a Control Plan is Imperative Healthcare workers are continually at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens (BBP) and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Healthcare facilities are required to have a plan in place to not only prevent exposure but also to properly manage and react to an incident when accidental exposure occurs. OSHA…

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How Medical Waste Management Impacts Infection Control

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Can Your Facility Reduce the Risk? All healthcare organizations generate medical waste–but did you know that the flow of that waste through your facility can have a significant impact on infection control? When you think about the journey of regulated medical waste (RMW) throughout a hospital, physician’s office, surgery center, laboratory and other healthcare facilities,…

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What Are the Eight Categories of Medical Waste?

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Are You Handling Them Correctly? Healthcare facilities of all kinds generate medical waste-whether you’re managing a hospital, clinic, surgery center, veterinarian’s office, funeral home or even a med-spa, medical waste is something that demands specific handling, storage and disposal. Understanding the different categories is crucial to ensure you are following compliance mandates and protecting your…

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Are Expired Inhalers Medical Waste?

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Steps to Safe Disposal For millions of people around the world, inhalers are a necessity. Those who have asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other respiratory conditions use them on a daily basis. And although these medications/devices may seem innocuous, it’s important that patients understand that many types of inhalers are considered hazardous medical…

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How to Dispose of Opioids in Home Health Care

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5 Steps to Take to Ensure Safe Disposal The opioid crisis in the United States continues to grow–with hundreds of thousands of deaths resulting from overdose each year. According to research, the USA, although only representing a little less than five percent of the population across the globe, consumes nearly 80% of the world’s opioids.…

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