Like all health care providers, a dental office is obligated to manage their medical waste in compliance with local, state and federal laws. The regulations are very much alike, however there are certain distinctions that a dental provider should be aware of. Not only with the type of services you are providing, but with the size of your facility.
Your first step in regulated medical waste disposal for dental offices is the identification of the potential bio-hazardous waste you are generating. Once that has been separated from the common trash, you have to implement a plan for the safe disposal of contaminated sharps. Finally, the removal of medical waste has to be considered, for which you typically have three options:
- Use a mail back medical waste disposal method
- The use of a mail back sharp container system
- Medical waste pick up from a licensed contractor
Mail back medical waste disposal strategies can work with a smaller dental practice, yet even then there are many flaws which could subject you to scrutiny and fines from various government agencies. The scope of your practice may produce various forms of biological and hazardous waste, all of which need to be segregated properly before shipment. On top of that is the issue of paperwork, and written proof that your medical waste was disposed of correctly in an approved facility.
Not only is this a risky practice for dental offices in terms of potential fines, it is a time consuming one. You must still train employees on the proper methods for the collection of medical waste, how to identify and segregate various forms, and then how to properly transport it out of the facility. Certain agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, will want to verify that such training is taking place inside of your dental office.
The third option, working with a licensed medical waste disposal company, can cover all of your obligations and save you time. MedWaste Management is able to not only train dental office employees, we study their activities to find effective solutions for collecting medical waste right where it is being generated. This includes the use of sharp containers and bio-hazard bags in a way that does not disrupt your routine patient care.
Not only can working with a medical waste disposal company save you money in potential fines, they save you valuable time. Companies like MedWaste Management will provide you with all of the necessary paperwork to prove compliance, alleviating you of this burdensome task. Without this mountain of paperwork to contend with, you’ll have more time on your hands to tend to patients and ensure quality health care.
With medical waste disposal for dental offices, the cheapest option is not always the most cost effective. You need to look at the entire scope of what is involved with proper medical waste disposal in order to make an informed choice on what is best for your dental practice.