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What Makes Biohazard Containers Safe?
Interesting Facts & Safety Features You May Not Know
Whether you’re a doctor, nurse or any healthcare professional, you know the importance and function of biohazard containers. These bins, which are located in physician’s offices, dental offices, hospitals, clinics, treatment centers and many other facilities, are designed to ensure the safety and health of everyone who comes through your doors. And while you and your staff know how important it is to use these bins to store medical waste until it’s picked up by your disposal provider, you may have never thought about what actually makes them safe. Take a look:
Made of Specialized Plastic
Biohazard bins must be strong enough to contain a variety of substances including liquids, sharps, linens and other materials that contain medical waste. Because they’re made of polyethylene, a high-density and extremely strong plastic, biohazard containers prevent fumes, liquids and needles from penetrating which ensures that medical waste cannot endanger your patients or staff.
Lids that Lock
An important safety feature of biohazard containers is that they have lockable lids and covers. Whether it’s a sharps container or one that is used for other hazardous items, these bins can be locked to ensure that no one can put their fingers in or take items out.
Bins are Spill Proof
Biohazard containers are designed to prevent spills and because of their durable plastic material and locking lids and covers, spills are highly unlikely. Even if they are accidentally knocked or tipped over, the lid will stay securely in place and keep medical waste safely inside.
Although biohazard bins in the past had to be discarded after each use, today’s containers are made of reusable materials enabling reuse which provides numerous benefits-including saving on cost and being environmentally friendly. In most cases, your biohazard bins will be inspected by your waste disposal provider to ensure they are still viable and they can be used over and over.
Although you likely use biohazard waste bins on a daily basis in your medical care facility, most healthcare professionals hardly give them a second thought. Because they are designed to ensure your safety and the safety of your staff, patients and any visitors, it’s reassuring to know how they are made and what makes them safe.
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