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.Read More
Medical Waste Industry Insights
Posted on 11/07/2018 at 10:04 AM
Proper disposal of medical waste in your practice or business is one thing, but what about in your community?Read More
Posted on 10/25/2018 at 10:20 AM
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?”Read More
Posted on 09/18/2018 at 11:22 AM
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.Read More
Posted on 09/06/2018 at 01:10 PM
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.Read More
Posted on 08/30/2018 at 08:33 AM
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.Read More
Posted on 08/09/2018 at 12:56 PM
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.
Posted on 07/30/2018 at 08:00 AM
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..Read More
Posted on 07/17/2018 at 04:12 PM
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.
Posted on 07/02/2018 at 11:30 AM
Some things are not always obvious at first. But then, over time, you wonder how you ever missed them.
For organizations who rely on purchased services such as those provided by medical waste service contractors, the scenario is all too common: contracts seem harmless upfront -- but over time, they are engineered to slowly drain your operating cash flow.
What’s most disconcerting is that such predatory practices are commonplace among some of the biggest, most recognizable names in the medical waste industry. So how do you know if YOUR healthcare facility is stuck in a bad deal with your medical waste provider? Here are 3 simple questions you can ask.Read More
Posted on 06/25/2018 at 03:40 PM