Yes. The two terms sound similar. But hazardous waste is very different from bio-hazardous waste. Though they both can be produced in a health care environment, Bio- hazardous waste is what you would typically find in a health care setting. It includes used syringes, razors, lancets and other devices that come in contact with bodily fluids. Both human and animal fluids. Hazardous waste on the other hand, is used to specifically refer to waste that waste deemed hazardous by the RCRA ACT. A waste would be deemed hazardous based on its level of re-activity. Some are hazardous since they are flammable, others are corrosive. These substances need to be handled, stored and disposed of in a very specific way. While there are great requirements for the disposal of bio-hazardous waste, hazardous waste requirements and regulations are certainly more stringent. This is certainly due to the danger posed by the mistreatment of hazardous wastes. The disposal for hazardous waste is monitored and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Toxic Substance Control and other Federal, state and local bodies.
There is a lot of information out there about the proper disposal and treatment of medical waste, hazardous waste and other wastes. Treating waste correctly is very important for our way of living and also reflective of our general social attitudes.
Remember, MedWaste Management provides great medical waste and hazardous waste disposal and information pertaining to regulation. Give us a call! We are always happy to speak!
How does Donald Trump feel about environmental safety regulations?
Is Donald Trump going to affect medical waste or other environmental safety regulations once he becomes President? Will he look to make them more or less stringent?
It can be said, that there are plenty of people who are fearful that Donald trump will not put forth or strengthen policies that have to d with environmental protection and the like. Maybe he seems cavalier about following the rules! Perhaps further regulating medical waste disposal would be considered adding “red tape”. The type of “red tape” that Donald has been repeatedly saying is bringing down small and medium sized businesses!
Others have been less critical of Donald’s contempt for “red tape” and “bogus legislation”.
“Donald may strongly believe in the obligation of government to step in and put forth policies that will protect our environment, even if it means regulating businesses”, writes an insider.
This type of regulation is great, and would not be called “red tape” or “bogus legislation by Donald Trump!
“It’s the unnecessary, ineffective and complicated regulation that bothers the President elect!”
In any case, medical waste is an area where the government has already put forth policies to ensure safety for medical staff and patients alike. The health care industry and various medical waste disposal companies have added their own policies to keep medical waste management even safer! It is important to maintain these standards, to stay safe, and to work with a medical waste disposal company that you feel comfortable with.
It’s common sense and we take it very seriously.
I wonder how the new administration will feel…
Happy New Year From MedWaste Management!
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been increasing the number of audits performed each year, including those done at veterinary clinics and other medical institutions. These unannounced visits can mean big trouble in the form of fines if you are not properly prepared. This includes having a clear and efficient system of medical waste disposal in place, and practiced without fail.
It Starts With Staff Training
The medical waste disposal program you have initiated in your veterinary hospital is only as good as the workers you have put in place to take charge of it. Training is single most important way you can ensure that your OSHA inspection will go smoothly. This cannot be a one time event, you must be providing continuous training regularly to all workers who have contact with medical waste inside of your facility.
Working with a medical waste disposal company will help you to make sure that you are providing comprehensive on site training, and that the material offered is up to date with the latest standards set forth by OSHA.
Start by implementing a new employee orientation that covers the expectations and methods for medical waste disposal in your veterinary hospital. Also make sure that you are being given the latest news and updates from OSHA, and relaying that information to your employees immediately. The last step is to document all of the training taking place for when there is an audit of your facility.
Operate Like OSHA is Always Watching
Not allowing deviations from standards in the day to day operations ensures that none occur when OSHA is watching. This means having your own self inspections regularly, looking at the medical waste disposal methods with an objective eye. Correct even the slightest mishap on the spot so that your workers know what is always expected of them.
Put a staff member in charge of organizing the documents required by OSHA. This not only includes staff training reports, but manifests of medical waste disposal records showing the amount and types of medical waste picked up, and its final destination point.
Designate a Point Man
You should have one or two individuals designated to be the “tour guide” for an OSHA inspector. They will greet the inspector and accompany them as they make their way through your medical facility. Instruct them to take notes and even pictures of any violations the inspector finds so that you can be better prepared in the future. This person should show an active interest in the audit, and a willingness to comply with the regulations. Having the right individual fill this role can make a difference when it comes to receiving warnings versus fines.
If you are prepared ahead of time, then you should be able to breeze through any audit thrown at your clinic by the government. Just remember to keep your systems for medical waste disposal up to date, and your staff trained in the proper ways to follow those procedures to the end.