What Are the Key Components of Medical Waste Chain of Custody?

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Ensure Compliance By Following These Protocols The chain of custody in medical waste is a systematic process that tracks the handling, transportation and disposal of medical waste from its point of generation to its disposal. This process is designed to ensure that each medical waste generator and disposal provider is within compliance with local, state…

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How to Avoid Red Bag Waste Violations

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Key Strategies to Ensure You Are Compliant Proper medical waste disposal is crucial to maintaining a safe and compliant facility. Red bag waste or regulated medical waste, requires special handling to ensure the safety of healthcare workers, patients, the community and the environment. Violations in red bag waste disposal can result in hefty fines and…

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Medical Waste: Are You A Large Quantity Generator?

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Know Your EPA Category to Ensure Compliant Disposal When it comes to medical waste, healthcare facilities are categorized by the amount of waste they generate– an important component to proper disposal of hazardous waste. These categories establish the mandates and regulations for proper collection, storage and disposal of all waste generated, so it’s crucial for…

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The Dangers of Improper Medical Waste Disposal

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Irresponsible Disposal Puts Public Health at Risk Medical waste by its very nature can be dangerous to anyone that comes in contact with it. But when it’s improperly disposed of, the risks become much greater, especially to public health and the environment. All organizations who generate medical waste of any kind are responsible for disposing…

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Medical Waste From Ambulatory Centers

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Types of Waste & Proper Disposal Ambulatory centers provide a vital service to their communities, offering outpatient services, including surgeries that allow patients to avoid overnight stays in hospitals. In addition, these centers often provide a more comfortable, calm environment and lower out of pocket costs. But just like hospitals and other healthcare facilities, Ambulatory…

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Preventing Medical Waste Contamination

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Mitigate The Risks By Following These Steps Healthcare facilities and related organizations around the world generate medical waste that unlike any other type of waste, must be properly disposed of. Medical Waste, by its very nature, can be dangerous to society, the environment and wildlife because it can contain infectious pathogens, bacteria, viruses and parasites.…

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What Must Be Recorded on OSHA Injury & Illness Reports?

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What Employers Need To Know To Remain Compliant In addition to understanding and following all the regulations related to medical waste storage and disposal and workplace safety, businesses must abide by OSHA mandates when it comes to reporting illnesses and injuries that occur at the workplace. According to OSHA standard 29 CFR Part 1904, employers…

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Sharps Safety In Florida Universities

How Educational Institutions Can Promote Safe Disposal School is back in session across Florida and with that comes the need to ensure that students, faculty and staff who need to use injectables for medication have a safe resource for disposal. Millions of people use sharps for self-medication of a variety of medical conditions including diabetes,…

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Florida Hospitals:
Best Practices for Compliance

Implement These Key Steps Hospitals, just like every other medical organization, must have a compliance program in place to avoid regulatory violations which often result in hefty fines, a decrease in patient satisfaction and blows to their bottom line. Here’s a quick guide on the best practices for promoting compliance in your Florida hospital. 1.…

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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.…

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