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Articles by Kevin Webber

Kevin Webber

Kevin Webber
Articles written by Kevin Webber who is one of the partners at TriHaz Solutions.

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Pharmacies and Medical/Pharmaceutical Waste: What You Need To Know to Protect the Environment and Your Business 

Kevin Webber - Feb 22, 2019 8:29:00 AM

The average neighborhood pharmacy generates a good amount of medical and pharmaceutical waste, and the amount and types of waste they generate has been steadily increasing in recent years as their roles in their communities expand. While those roles were once largely limited to filling prescriptions and selling over-the-counter medications and other health-related merchandise, many are branching out to provide other services.

Topics: Medical Waste- Compliance

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Tattoo Shops and Waste Disposal: What Qualifies As Medical/Hazardous Waste?

Kevin Webber - Feb 19, 2019 11:49:16 AM

Medical waste can be a concern in places many people wouldn’t expect – Tattoo studios, for instance. Tattooing, piercing and other types of body art are not medical procedures, and the shops and studios that provide them are not healthcare facilities. However, they do share some similarities with healthcare settings in terms of the tools and materials of their trade, as well as the waste products generated as they work. So what qualifies as medical/hazardous waste in a tattoo shop and what do these artists need to know about handling regulated waste properly?

Topics: Tattoo Shops Waste Handling

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Solid and Hazardous Waste Exclusions

Kevin Webber - Feb 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM

The process of managing hazardous waste can be complicated. There are many guidelines to follow in order to be compliant with state and federal regulations, and proper identification of hazardous waste is the cornerstone of a compliant waste program. The entire identification process can be confusing, especially when it comes to understanding the definition of hazardous waste exclusions. You can help make sure your hazardous waste program is efficient, cost-effective, and compliant by knowing which exclusions to apply. We’ve put together this list to help streamline waste management at your facility.  

Topics: Hazardous Waste- Waste Handling

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4 Essential Criteria for Choosing a Medical Waste Management Vendor

Kevin Webber - Feb 12, 2019 9:34:19 AM

With one-third of medical waste generated every year coming from private clinics and practices, that’s a whopping 1.9 million tons requiring safe disposal. Managing medical waste is one of the least pleasant aspects of practice administration but one of the most essential, which means it's likely one of your priorities. When the medical team resists complying with your hard-won methods, your waste management vendor treats you like just another number, and you find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place, it’s time to identify a service provider who works for you. Here’s what you should be looking for.

Topics: Medical Waste

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Is Your Medical Waste Properly Packaged?

Kevin Webber - Feb 8, 2019 2:37:12 PM

Congratulations, you finally got a handle on how to properly package your facility’s medical waste! Then you learn your state’s laws are just slightly different from federal regulations. Or you discover some staff members, even after careful training, aren’t complying with proper disposal. Now what?

Topics: Medical Waste

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Point Of Use Medical Waste Collection: Ways To Promote Better Staff Compliance

Kevin Webber - Feb 5, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Dealing with medical waste is one of the details of daily life in the medical environment that often flies under the radar of medical staff. However, it cannot escape the attention of office managers or administrators who are in charge of seeing that it is handled in compliance with state and federal disposal regulations. Typically, one of the more difficult aspects of managing this process is the day-to-day task of ensuring that the various categories of medical waste are properly disposed of by the clinical staff members who generate them. If this is an issue in your workplace, here are some steps you can take that may help to resolve it:

Topics: Medical Waste

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Funeral Homes and Hazardous Waste

Kevin Webber - Jan 15, 2019 8:30:00 AM

While funeral homes are not healthcare facilities, they require the same waste management procedures since they generate medical waste. As a funeral director, you have personal responsibility for properly disposing of all waste generated by your funeral home.

Topics: Hazardous Waste

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Tips to Ensure Proper Hazardous Waste Storage

Kevin Webber - Dec 21, 2018 9:10:32 AM

Proper hazardous waste storage is one of the most important methods for protecting your facility and maintaining normal operations. Additionally, upholding best practices for waste management is crucial for ensuring proper storage techniques, along with the wellbeing of the surrounding environment and the safety of all visitors and employees.

Topics: Hazardous Waste

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Digital Media Destruction: How to Be HIPAA Compliant

Kevin Webber - Dec 11, 2018 10:10:26 AM

Did you know that a significant number of hard drives bought on the second hand market still contain personal information? Even despite obvious indications that someone had attempted to overwrite the information. The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires that, “covered entities apply appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of protected health information (PHI).” This means that your practice must have safeguards in place that limit any disclosure of PHI.

Topics: HIPAA- PHI- Compliance

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What to Look for When Selecting a Shredding Service for Your Medical Practice

Kevin Webber - Dec 4, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Secure management of your patient’s medical records is a process that begins the moment the records are created and continues until the moment they are destroyed. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires healthcare providers to regularly shred sensitive documents and proper disposal of all Protected Health Information (PHI) is one of the most vital HIPAA requirements to enforce.

Topics: HIPAA- PHI- Compliance

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