More Facts About Medical Waste and Its Disposal

By: Tim   /   February 15, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) is an organization concerned with public health on an international scale. One area that concerns its members greatly is the proper storage and disposal of medical waste. This is of particular interest to the organization - which was formed in 1948 – because much toxic, medical waste finds its way to third world countries that have neither the resources nor the technology to deal with such a potential hazard. We can protect ourselves in this country in three ways: by following the regulations the EPA puts on the disposal of medical waste, by hiring companies that are skilled with properly disposing of medical waste and by educating ourselves to the dangers and regulations regarding medical waste. To that end, our bio waste disposal company would like to present you with this refresher course on the facts about medical waste and regulations governing its disposal. -Improperly stored and disposed of medical waste can release airborne aerosols that may contain pathogens: These could include respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other pathogens that could cause diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis and pneumonia. --The Medical Waste Tracking Act (MWTA) of 1988 was enacted specifically as the result of medical waste that was found on East Coast beaches in that era: (See this blog for more information about this environmental disaster.) -Disposal facilities treat medical waste either using steam sterilization or by incineration Most materials, once they have been properly sterilized can be recycled reducing stress on landfills. -Medical waste isn’t just generated by hospitals: When most people think of who produces medical waste they naturally think of healthcare facilities. However, other entities produce medical waste as well such as funeral homes, prisons, jails and detention centers, schools and universities, dental offices, et al. -Medical waste disposal is regulated by at least several agencies: These agencies include: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Transportation (USDOT) in addition to state health departments -Sharps containers must not be overfilled: Sharps serve a great number of functions but sharp containers should never be filled to more than ¾ of their capacity. At Secure Waste, we take waste management in Orlando seriously as we know most the companies in the area do as well. This is why we feel that the best way to protect the public and your business is with knowledge and compliance to all regulations regarding the proper disposal of medical waste.