Medical Waste Industry Insights

How to Keep Your Healthcare Facility Safe and Healthy This Winter

By David Ryan

Every year it’s inevitable -- winter is coming! Along with the winter season comes the influx of colds, flus and viruses. Keeping your healthcare facility safe and healthy this winter helps you keep your patients safe and healthy too.

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How to Properly Segregate and Dispose of Medical Waste

By David Ryan

When dealing with patient care, generating medical waste is inevitable. Proper segregation and disposal of this waste is essential to protect patients, staff and the community.

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How to Clean Up Needles and Medical Waste in Your Community

By David Ryan

Proper disposal of medical waste in your practice or business is one thing, but what about in your community?

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Understanding Workplace Violence in the Healthcare and Social Service Sector

By David Ryan

While many of us don’t like to think about violence in the workplace, it’s important to recognize the unsettling trends that have emerged in the last decade or so among workers in the healthcare and social services sector. Here we’ll take a closer look at some of these trends and what they mean -- then you can decide if it’s a good time to ask, “Is my organization taking the right steps to mitigate the occurrence of workplace violence?”

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Healthcare Alert! Is Your Organization Putting Workers at Risk?

By David Ryan

Is your healthcare organization putting workers at risk?

Even for healthcare facilities who feel that answer is an unequivocal ‘no,’ the violations that lead to risk factors are far too common. Safety and compliance go hand and hand; meaning employee safety requires organizations to have a firm handle on what is required from a compliance standpoint.

Let’s take a look at the numbers. According to OSHA, 262 inspected facilities throughout the United States in 2017 received 866 violations totaling $1.77M in fines. This number is surprising given the resources and technology made available to healthcare organizations today.

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6 Steps Every Medical Facility Should Take to Ensure OSHA Compliance

By David Ryan

What happens if you are stuck with a needle at work? Are your or your employees trained in how to handle such scenarios? And speaking of training, does your facility work with an OSHA trainer who is authorized and well qualified to train your staff?

Are you scratching your head for answers? If so, it’s time to take a closer look at compliance.

Unsure if OSHA regulations even apply? Simply put, ANY organization in the U.S. or any U.S. territory that employs people falls under the jurisdiction of the OSHA standards. So chances are, that means your company. Here we’ll cover six critical steps that help ensure your facility is compliant.

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What Is Cradle-to-Grave Waste Tracking?

By David Ryan

In a prior post on Medical Waste 101, we discussed the importance of working with reputable waste management companies. This is especially true throughout the cradle-to-grave process.

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Which Medical Waste Treatment Is Best? A Look At The Pros & Cons

By David Ryan

When talking with healthcare facilities about Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) or Sharps Waste, I’m frequently asked the question, “So what do you do with medical waste when you take it away?”

It’s a common question... but to be fair, there’s not just one quick and easy answer.

Over the years, several different methods have emerged as safe and viable options for medical waste disposal. Here we’ll provide a high-level overview about some of the  more common methods: what they are, how they work, and the pros and cons of each.

 

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Waste Management 101: What Is Medical Waste and Who Regulates It?

By David Ryan

 

WHAT Is Medical Waste?

Regulated medical waste (RMW), also known as biohazardous waste or infectious medical waste, is the portion of the wastestream that may be contaminated by blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM), thus posing a significant risk of transmitting infection.

For healthcare facilities, the majority of medical waste generated is from gauze or sharps (needles, scalpels and pipets), and contrary to common belief, human or animal parts are rarely discarded as medical waste. In a healthcare or lab setting, human and animal tissue are considered pathological medical waste that must be incinerated, gasified or chemically digested. Luckily, these waste streams make up less than 5 percent of the..

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5 Sneaky Ways Medical Waste Management Companies Are Making You Overpay

By David Ryan

Today’s practice managers and facility managers have a lot on their plates. With everything involved in running a healthcare facility, medical waste is the last thing on anyone’s mind. However, if you don’t review the details of your medical waste service -- at least on an annual basis -- you may be paying far too much without even knowing it. Here are 5 sneaky ways medical waste companies have you paying more than is needed for the service the provider.

 

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