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How to Avoid Red Bag Waste Violations
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 damage to your organization’s reputation. Here’s a quick guide on how to avoid red bag waste violations:
Correct Categorization & Segregation
Red bag waste violations often happen when waste is improperly segregated. All staff who handle medical waste within your facility must be trained on how to correctly sort waste. Items that do not belong in red bags should not be collected or disposed of with regulated waste. In addition to continuous training, signage within waste disposal areas can assist staff in identifying and segregating red bag waste properly.
All staff members who are tasked with medical waste disposal need continuous training to ensure they understand and can follow the protocols and regulations set forth by federal and state agencies. Regular training sessions, whether on a monthly, bi-monthly or yearly basis, depending on the number of staff, can provide training on identification, proper segregation, and handling procedures for red bag waste. This type of training program can greatly reduce the risk of violations caused by human error.
Remain Up-to-Date on Industry Regulations
Whether you operate a physician’s office, hospital, clinic, dental practice or other healthcare facility, it’s crucial to remain informed about the different federal, state and local mandates on medical waste disposal. Regulations can and do change so it’s crucial to implement a process to ensure you are staying up-to-date with the latest guidelines.
Partner with a Reputable Medical Waste Disposal Company
Your medical waste disposal provider can help reduce the risk of red bag waste violations by providing proper medical waste disposal, which includes handling, transportation and disposal of medical waste, as well as training for your staff.
All Points Medical Waste can help you prevent red bag waste violations. We are a full service medical waste disposal company located in Stuart, Florida and serving a wide variety of healthcare organizations throughout the state. Give us a call today or complete the form on this page to get a quick quote.