If you’re a healthcare worker, you know how important it is to dispose of medical waste properly. You also know how easy it is for things to go wrong: disposing of waste incorrectly can lead to fines and even criminal charges. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get rid of your clinical waste safely and legally. Here’s what you need to know about getting rid of your medical waste—and why it matters so much!
Contact your local Department of Health
Contact your local Department of Health. The first step in getting rid of medical waste is to call the Department of Health in your area and ask what regulations apply to you. They will know exactly what’s required for disposal, so don’t worry about getting it wrong. If you’re not sure whether or not this is something you’ll need help with, just call them—it’s much better than letting things get out of hand!
Separate waste by type
It’s important to know what types of waste you have and how to separate them. To do this, you need to determine whether the waste is clinical or non-clinical. Clinical waste is generated from medical treatment, such as lab specimens and body fluids. Non-clinical wastes are all other types that do not come from patients, such as office paper and equipment parts.
Store and handle medical waste properly
As a caregiver, you are responsible for storing and handling medical waste properly. Keep the following in mind:
- Do not mix different types of medical waste For example, don’t mix sharps (needles) with other household trash like food scraps or paper towels.
- Store medical waste in a secure location away from people, such as children or pets, until it can be properly disposed of. If anyone gets into contact with this material and is exposed to bloodborne pathogens or other potentially infectious materials, there may be an increased risk for infection if proper precautions aren’t taken immediately after exposure occurs (see below).
Choose a licensed medical waste disposal company
Whether you’re a doctor or a hospital, the best way to get rid of your medical waste is by choosing a licensed medical waste disposal company. A licensed medical waste disposal company will dispose of your medical waste legally and safely.
Well, how do you find one? You can search online for local companies that offer this service. If you call them up and ask if they are licensed by the state or federal government, then they should be able to tell you yes or no right away.
Call for pick-up when you’re ready to get rid of your medical waste
Once you’re ready to get rid of your medical waste, call a medical waste disposal company. Make sure that you have the right containers and that they’re properly labeled and labeled with the correct information. You should also have all of the paperwork required by your state or local government. For example, California requires that the container be sealed before transport in order to prevent any spillage during transport.
With all the steps above, it’s easy to see how you can get rid of medical waste. All you have to do is call for pick up when you’re ready and let your local Department of Health know what you have. They’ll help with disposal if necessary and make sure everything is handled properly.