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The Dangers of Improper Medical Waste Disposal
Irresponsible Disposal Puts Public Health at Risk
Medical waste by its very nature can be dangerous to anyone that comes in contact with it. But when it’s improperly disposed of, the risks become much greater, especially to public health and the environment. All organizations who generate medical waste of any kind are responsible for disposing of it according to state and federal laws.
Here’s a quick look at some of the top dangers:
Improper disposal of medical waste can cause environmental pollution including infectious pathogens leaching into soil and seeping into water systems. This causes contamination of our drinking water and agricultural land, which can affect the foods we eat.
Spread of Diseases
Needles and sharps of all kinds, tubing, medication vials, gauze, bandages and used personal protection equipment (PPE) can all contain bodily fluids and infectious materials. If improperly disposed of, these items can spread a variety of diseases and cause illness and even death to those exposed.
Injury and Illnesses
Medical waste that is thrown into the regular trash or disposed of incorrectly can be a risk to public waste workers and the community at large. Items like sharps, needles or other medical devices can injure and infect those who accidentally come in contact with them.
Violations and Fines
Whether a hospital, clinic, physician’s office, dental practice, veterinarian or other healthcare organization, your facility is responsible for safe medical waste disposal. Improperly disposing of the waste you generate can put you at risk for violations on the state or federal level and cause you to face hefty fines. There are numerous laws and regulations that must be followed to ensure your medical waste is not threatening the community, environment or public health.
All Points Medical Waste is a family-owned and operated company located in Stuart, Florida. We provide medical waste disposal to healthcare facilities, veterinarian and dental practices, tattoo parlors and other organizations throughout the state of Florida. Give us a call today or complete the form on this page to get a quick quote.