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Medical Waste Disposal Laws in Florida
Are You in Compliance?
Medical facilities in Florida are required to follow state and federal regulations when it comes to disposing of waste—this includes every kind of healthcare-related organization imaginable, including treatment and surgical centers, diagnostic centers, doctor’s and dental offices, veterinarian practices and many more.
You may assume that since you’re not blatantly breaking rules or haphazardly throwing medical waste in the trash bin that you’re free from the risk of non-compliance and the hefty fines that come with it.
How Much Can You Be Fined In Florida for Improper Medical Waste Disposal?
In Florida, you can be fined up to $50,000 a day for a single violation! And, you can be fined upwards of $200,000 for endangering the public in any way through the improper treatment, storage or disposal of hazardous waste. The fact is, many facilities are found to be
non-compliant for simple mistakes or unknowingly improperly disposing of items.
Here are some of the most common mistakes that could result in big fines for your medical facility:
- Incorrect labeling of medical waste
- Not using a sharps container
- Transporting medical waste without a permit
- Transporting too much medical waste at one time
- Disposing of chemical or hazardous waste down a drain or into the sewer
- Incorrectly sorting of medical waste
- Failure to dispose of expired medications properly
- Handling or transporting medical waste the wrong way
- Using the wrong container for the type of medical waste materials
Protect your company against medical waste disposal fines
Every company in Florida that produces medical waste is required to follow state regulations and federal regulations from OSHA, FDA, and FDOT, among others. Be sure you’re up to date on all the mandates and keep your staff trained to avoid fines that could negatively affect your bottom line and your reputation.
All Points Medical Waste is a local company that provides medical waste disposal services to clients in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties. Call us today at 772.600.4885 or fill out the form on this page to ensure you are compliant with Florida medical waste disposal regulations.