Tips for Handling Medical Waste

By: BJ Neller   /   July 20, 2015

There are a lot of complicated guidelines for bio waste disposal, and it can all get a little confusing. But here are some tips that can help you with the most important rules. Keep containers closed. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it happens. Whenever you’re not in the process of filling a waste container, it should be closed. An open waste container presents the risk of transmitting infection disease. And be especially careful to keep bags with sharps away from patients, especially children. Once a waste container is full, seal it immediately. You don’t want to risk it falling over and spilling. Label everything—immediately. You can’t afford to risk mix-ups. Clear labels ensure that everything ends up exactly where it needs to. Federal and local guidelines specify how to label all waste containers. Sometimes they require stickers with barcodes. Secure Waste can help with this process, as we’re up to date will all labeling guidelines and have the stickers and labels you’ll need.


Keep your containers dry. Any time there’s moisture in or on a corrugated container, it’s a problem. You won’t be able to transport your containers if they’re wet. This applies to liquids inside and out of the container. Don’t pour liquids into the container, and keep it away from any water. Remember that x-ray waste is considered hazardous. This is one of the most common mistakes. X-ray waste contains materials like lead foil, developer, and fixers that fall under medial waste regulations. Don’t just throw it in the trash. It belongs in a medical waste container. Don’t mix pharmaceuticals with medical waste. There are separate containers with separate guidelines for disposing of pharmaceuticals. These rules are some of the most complicated in the industry, but our specialists can help you out. Use your sharps containers. Sharps can’t go directly into the red bags. A puncture through the bag could release contamination and damage other waste containers. You must dispose of sharps in puncture resistant containers before they go into red bags. These containers require additional labeling as well. Remember that sharps aren’t just needles and syringes. Broken glass, scalpel blades, capillary tubes, and other objects can be just as dangerous. You must dispose of them in the sharps container as well. Guidelines for handling medical waste get a lot more specific, but these are the most important principles, and it’s easy to see why they’re important. Secure Waste is one of the top specialists in waste management in Orlando. We ensure that your company fully complies with all regulations. It will protect you from fines and citations, and more importantly, it will keep your employees and patients safe.