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Minimizing waste in hospitals
Top 5 tips on reducing waste & saving money
Hospitals are one of the top generators of medical waste and as such have an important responsibility to not only remain compliant but also to streamline their waste disposal process as much as possible. Doing so helps protect the environment as well as reduce the risk of exposure to staff, patients and the community. Here are the top 5 ways to minimize waste:
1. Implement categorized waste containers
Having separate containers that are labeled for specific types of waste ensures staff members know where to put each item, which in turn makes disposal easier and more streamlined. It also helps to keep your facility compliant.
2. Tighten up on inventory & ordering
It’s always great to have extra items stocked away in the supply cabinet, but if you take inventory and find that you have a surplus of certain things that are not being used over and over, you may be ordering too much. By tightening up on your supply order each month, you can cut down on cost and waste.
3. Consider recycling when possible
There are many items that can be recycled which can cut down on waste. Partnering with a medical waste company that also offers shredding and destruction services is ideal and may allow you to bundle your services. Shredding companies will permanently destroy your waste, bundle it and recycle it.
4. Offer continuous training
Make sure all of your staff members are onboard with reducing waste by training them on the processes for waste disposal. Offer training classes on a regular basis for new employees and as a refresher for everyone else. Allowing team members to offer ideas on how to cut down on waste can also motivate them to stay on top of streamlining the process.
5. Partner with a trusted waste disposal company
Working with a reputable medical waste disposal company is key to having all of the waste your facility generates removed safely and properly. The right company will offer affordable solutions and a customized plan to ensure that waste is picked up on a regular basis before containers become overfilled, reducing the risk of accidents and non-compliance.
As a hospital administrator or manager who’s responsible for overseeing medical waste disposal, keeping the process of disposal in check is key. In addition to following these tips, make sure you do regular checks to ensure that team members are following the protocols you put in place.
All Points Medical Waste is a family owned and operated the company in Stuart, Florida. We offer medical waste disposal and shredding and destruction services. We serve clients throughout South Florida, including Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties. Give us a call today to find out how we can serve you or fill out a quote request form.