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Preventing Medical Waste Contamination
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. Proper disposal includes ensuring that the risk of contamination is addressed and mitigated as much as possible. Here’s a guide to the recommended steps to prevent contamination.
1. Segregate & Label Waste Properly
To prevent contamination, it’s crucial to segregate the different types of waste properly. Correct categorization of infectious, hazardous chemicals, non-infectious, sharps and other types of waste can greatly reduce the risk of cross contamination. Once segregated, it’s also vital to ensure each type of waste is then labeled correctly, including type of waste, date of collection, etc.
2. Properly Collect & Store Waste
Proper collection and storage of medical waste ensures that you are not only reducing the risk of contamination, but that you are also following compliance regulations. Sharps, lancets, needles and other similar items must be collected and stored in a puncture and leak proof container with a locking lid. If not, there’s a danger of contamination and injury to staff and visitors.
3. Implement Regular Pick-up & Disposal of all Medical Waste
Medical waste of all kinds must be disposed of on a regular basis to ensure you do not have overfilled waste containers or red bags sitting around in your facility which can lead to spills and contamination. Waste should be picked up by a licensed and reputable medical waste disposal provider that will dispose of all medical waste safely according to OSHA, EPA and other agencies that oversee the industry.
All Points Medical Waste can help prevent contamination at your facility by providing full-service medical waste disposal. We are a family-owned and operated company located in Stuart, Florida serving South Florida business from Okeechobee County all the way to Broward County. Give us a call today or complete the form on this page to learn more.