You are responsible for medical waste from the moment your practice generates it, until it is rendered non infectious (properly treated) and can be recycled or properly disposed in an approved landfill. It’s important to know that some medical waste providers only pick up regulated medical waste. They do not treat it or dispose of it, which means the waste they pick up is then turned over to another company for those services. Do you know what happens to your medical waste after it leaves your facility? Here’s why it makes sense to use a local, full-service waste management company.
The first, and most obvious, reason that your local waste services provider should treat your medical waste is to reduce your liability. From a purely practical standpoint, your medical waste will be on the road for a shorter period of time, which reduces the chance of anything happening before your waste reaches the treatment facility. If an accident should occur at any point during your waste’s lifecycle, you will be held liable. This cradle-to-grave liability means that you are legally and financially responsible if anything happens with your waste. Also, if you use a company that can do more than just pick up your medical waste, they are large enough to be a trusted provider. If a company can also treat your waste, that means they have all the proper permits required, and understand and adhere to all state and federal guidelines since they are rigorously inspected.
A larger, local full-service regulated medical waste company has the capability to meet the needs of your practice. You may need to schedule extra pickup days or need them to handle different types of waste, depending on your practice’s activity. That flexibility extends to waste treatment, if your provider owns the treatment facility. You won’t have to worry that your waste is sitting in a storage facility, waiting on your next pickup before being sent for treatment. Once treated, you can be assured that you will receive the proper documentation. Knowing that your waste is being treated in a timely manner will free you to focus on patient care.
Using a waste management services company that can pick up your waste with a commercially licensed vehicle and driver, and can treat your waste will insure a higher level of safety. You can be confident that your medical waste provider is properly trained to service your practice. The necessary safety protocols will be in place on the vehicle used to transport your waste, in case of an emergency. They have the necessary medical waste transportation permit and if they are located in the State of Alabama, the equipment at their treatment facility has been approved by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). This means that their treatment technology is approved for use and they have been issued a waste treatment permit.
Having one point of accountability for the transportation and treatment of your medical waste makes good sense. A medical waste services provider who can manage the entire process will help reduce your pain points, while giving you the assurance that your medical waste is being properly handled and treated. At TriHaz, we are a full-service waste management provider that offers one point of accountability while being small enough to truly care about your needs. Schedule a free consultation with the button below to learn more about our services and see how we can help meet your needs and exceed your expectations.