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Basics of Medical and Hazardous Waste Management for Veterinary Hospitals and Practices

Kevin Webber - May 7, 2019 8:30:00 AM

If you manage a veterinary hospital or practice, you probably already know that your workplace is considered a medical/hazardous waste generator. As such, it is subject to many of the same federal and state waste disposal regulations that human healthcare facilities must follow to protect their workers, their patients, the public and the environment from harm. That means that knowing how to properly classify, handle and dispose of the regulated medical/hazardous waste your facility generates is essential to avoiding legal issues. To help you get a handle on proper veterinary waste disposal, we’ve put together some basics on medical/hazardous waste management in the veterinary care setting.

Topics: Veterinary Medical Hazardous Waste

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Steps to help ensure OSHA Medical Waste Compliance In Your Workplace

Kevin Webber - May 2, 2019 8:30:00 AM

As a manager in a medical office or clinic, you are certainly aware of the risks to your staff posed by medical waste, as well as the OSHA regulations that address that risk. Complying with OSHA’s guidelines for medical waste management in the workplace is essential to minimizing risks to employees, protecting their health and safety. It is also essential to protecting your facility against the legal and financial consequences of compliance mistakes. To make things a bit easier, here are a few important steps to help ensure OSHA medical waste compliance in your workplace.

Topics: Medical Waste- OSHA

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Sharps Containers: They're For More Than Just Needles

Kevin Webber - Apr 23, 2019 8:30:00 AM

In this day and age, nearly everyone knows that the hypodermic needles used to give injections belong in sharps containers when it comes time to discard them. That simple fact has become common knowledge over recent years, even among people who are not in the healthcare field. However, what is murkier in the minds of many – even medical professionals, medical office managers and other support staff – is what, besides those needles, should be disposed of in these specialized containers. Here we’ll help clear the confusion by outlining what else should go in sharps containers in order to ensure compliance with medical waste management best practices.

Topics: Medical Waste

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Motivate your Clinic Staff to Cooperate with Medical Waste Handling

Kevin Webber - Apr 16, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Managing the day-to-day operations of a medical clinic is no walk in the park, as any administrator or office manager knows only too well. There’s lots of moving parts to manage every day, and it’s your job to meld all of them into one, very well-oiled machine. Many of the tasks that make things move along smoothly are delegated to others, but in the end, if there are problems, responsibility for them comes straight back to you.

Topics: Medical Waste

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Tips For Tattoo/Piercing Studios On Safe And Compliant Waste Handling

Kevin Webber - Apr 11, 2019 8:30:00 AM

If you own or manage a tattoo and/or piercing studio, you are certainly aware that it is important to be mindful of the waste that is produced as your artists work with your clients. Many of those waste products are considered health hazards, since they are exposed to blood and other body fluids, and therefore require special handling under state and federal regulations. You are also certainly aware of how confusing those regulations can be. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve put together some tips on safe and compliant waste handling in the average tattoo/piercing parlor.

Topics: Tattoo Shops Waste Handling

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Alabama Medical Waste Requirements: Key Points To Know

Kevin Webber - Apr 9, 2019 8:30:00 AM

If you're responsible for dealing with the collection, segregation, labeling, packaging, and disposal of medical waste, it's important that you fully understand Alabama's medical waste disposal regulations. 

Topics: Medical Waste

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Chemotherapy Waste: Know Your D-List Details

Kevin Webber - Apr 4, 2019 9:25:24 AM

Is chemotherapy a medical waste, or is it managed as hazardous waste? Which container and labeling should you use? Proper disposal is one of the biggest day-to-day challenges you face. It's often complicated by other concerns like state and local regulations, HIPAA, and potential litigation exposure. 

Topics: Medical Waste

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Medical Waste Management: About Record Keeping Requirements

Kevin Webber - Apr 2, 2019 8:43:14 AM

Medical facilities, ranging from small medical offices to large healthcare facilities, are regulated medical waste generators. That means that they are responsible for handling that waste responsibly and in compliance with federal and state regulations. Facilities are responsible for their medical waste from the time it is generated straight through until it is treated and is no longer hazardous to the public or the environment. This “cradle to grave” liability comes with strict rules on creating and keeping records of the medical waste management process. So what do you need to know about record keeping requirements to keep your practice/facility on the right side of those rules?

Topics: Medical Waste

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Regulated Waste in Dental Practices: What Qualifies as Medical/Hazardous Waste?

Kevin Webber - Mar 29, 2019 8:45:50 AM

Whether you are managing a new dental practice or one that has been established for years, it is important to learn or brush up on the details of proper and compliant handling of the regulated waste generated by your workplace every day. That’s because small missteps in waste handling can cause large problems for your practice, resulting in regulatory violations and fines, or even lawsuits. To help avoid such problems, here we’ll outline the basics on what qualifies as regulated medical/hazardous waste in this setting.

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Medical and Hazardous Waste in the Lab Setting: What You and Your Staff Need to Know

Kevin Webber - Mar 26, 2019 10:44:16 AM

If you are a lab manager or administrator, you are certainly aware that a significant portion of the waste generated by your staff throughout the typical workday falls under the category of regulated waste. That, of course, means that your laboratory waste must be handled according to the standards and guidelines laid out by federal and state regulations. So what do you and your staff need to know to ensure that your lab remains in compliance with those regulations in the handling of medical and hazardous waste?

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