All Points Medical Waste Blog
Choosing a Medical Waste Provider
Key factors for selecting your partner
As a medical facility that provides any sort of health-related care or treatments, partnering with a medical waste provider that you can trust is a priority—it can mean the difference between compliance with state and federal regulations and the risk of hefty fines and losses for non-compliance. Here are some key things to consider before selecting your provider:
Reputation & reliability
When choosing a medical waste disposal provider, due diligence is required because you want a partner who has earned a reputation in the industry for their professionalism and reliability. There’s much at stake, including the safety of your staff and the community, as well as your organization’s compliance. Research the companies you’re considering and read reviews if available. Also, reach out to other medical facilities in your area to get feedback on who they are working with. Bottom line, you want a company that is well-liked, trusted and respected.
Affordability & transparency
In doing your research, pay close attention to the company’s rates and what they offer for those rates. In addition, be sure to ask about any extra fees—hidden charges are not unheard of and many organizations find out later that they’ve been paying much more than they originally thought. Agreements should be easy to understand and transparent and clearly state what services you’re paying for and how much each one will cost. Always ask if the prices you’re quoted are the only costs, and if not, what extra costs are involved and what do they cover. Your provider should not be charging you extra for:
- Fuel charges
- Trip charges
- Environmental fees
- Transportation fees
Because there’s so much at stake when it comes to medical waste disposal, OSHA requires that your team is properly and continually trained on policies and the safe handling and management of waste. Your medical waste disposal partner should provide OSHA training that is easily accessible for everyone in your organization to participate in. Training should include the following categories:
- Bloodborne pathogens
- Hazcom (GHS)
- Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare
- Sharps safety
- Fire safety
- Electrical safety
- Hand hygiene for healthcare
Level of customer service
In today’s very fast-paced and highly digital world, it’s important to find a medical waste provider that will offer a superior level of service and attention. The partner you choose should understand your facility’s unique needs and be able to not only provide you with the services you need but also make you a priority. This includes creating a pick-up schedule that coincides with how much waste you generate and ensuring that you have all the proper containers and receptacles you need.
When you’re ready to choose your medical waste provider, turn to us at All Points Medical Waste. We’re a leader in the industry—and family-owned and operated to ensure you’re given the personalized attention you deserve. Our entire team is committed to your compliance, security, and peace of mind, as well as the safety of your staff. We’ve served our shredding and destruction clients for more than twenty years and our medical waste clients since 2013, and since then have earned their respect and trust—and we look forward to working with you and building a long-lasting relationship.
To find out more about what we do, give us a call at 772.600.4885 or fill out our quote request form.