Medical Waste Industry Insights

[Infographic] A Facility’s Guide to Healthcare Waste Segregation

By David Ryan

Waste management is a complex issue that spans several industries and regulatory bodies -- and it all starts within the walls of your facility with proper waste segregation.

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How Can Medical Waste Be Reduced? 5 Money-Saving Tips For Your Facility

By David Ryan

Did you know the cost to dispose of medical waste can be 10 times greater than the cost to dispose of regular (non-regulated) solid waste? Studies suggest that businesses and facilities can realistically decrease regulated medical waste to just 6-10% of their total waste. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) goes even further, suggesting that only 3-5% of all medical waste truly needs to be disposed of as regulated medical waste.

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Unpacking the EPA’s Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste Management Final Rule

By David Ryan

The EPA signed the final rule on hazardous pharmaceutical waste management on December 11, 2018. This updates the agency’s existing waste management by-laws to make them more in line with the needs of the healthcare organizations, while also ensuring environmental protection.

Let’s review everything that’s happening with this final rule:

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How Can Medical Waste Be Disposed Of?

By David Ryan

In the U.S., hospitals generate millions of tons of medical waste each year. While 85 percent of that waste is deemed non-biohazardous -- and therefore treated like regular trash -- how is the other 15 percent disposed of?

And keep in mind, that’s just for hospitals. There are a host of other waste generators: veterinary clinics, nursing homes, research labs, and dentist offices, to name a few.

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4 Steps to Break your Medical Waste Contract

By David Ryan

Managing a medical practice comes with a long list of tasks and decisions. It’s unlikely that “choosing a regulated waste service” is high on that list. In all likelihood, you went with the first name that came to mind and moved on to other matters.

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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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