Medical Waste Industry Insights

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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Ensure OSHA Compliance: 7 Steps Every Medical Facility Should Take

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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Stuck in a Bad Deal with Your Medical Waste Company? Learn the Signs:

By David Ryan

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.

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5 Red Flags To Watch For With Your Medical Waste Service Provider

By David Ryan

If you’re like most medical, dental or veterinary facilities, you’re too busy to think about how your medical waste is handled. You know that you are under some sort of contract, and that your facility is being serviced. But the reality is this: you’re too busy to actually gauge the value of the services for which you’re paying, and whether the terms of your contract are actually fair.

 

Unfortunately, these circumstances create an environment that’s ripe for predatory (and sometimes unethical) practices. And it’s more common than you might think -- even among the big-name waste service providers that tout themselves as industry leaders.

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