Medical waste is often referred to as regulated medical waste, biohazardous waste, or, more merely, hazardous waste, medical waste is more known as biomedical waste.
According to DEEP, medical waste, or biomedical waste is defined as “…infectious, pathological and/or chemotherapy waste generated during the administration of medical care or the performance of medical study involving humans or animals.” State law eliminates hazardous and radioactive waste from biomedical waste.
There are very specific rules for medical waste disposal depending on the type of waste. Infectious waste, such as sharps and body fluids, must be disposed of via incineration or autoclaving. Per DEEP, chemotherapy waste and pathological waste, including human tissue must be disposed of by incineration.
Storage of medical waste is rather stringent. Medical waste must be stored away from other waste materials and only accessed by authorized transporter, personnel, and treatment facility operator.
The most unusual regulation is what happens when a patient asks to keep a limb or organ, whether it’s for religious or personal reasons. The limb or organ in question is created at a hospital, the hospital is considered “generator,” the facility bears the responsibility of proper disposal. While it’s not exactly outlawed to pass these artifacts to patients, the state endorses that healthcare specialists caution patients about disposal practices and dangers of infection.
As a medical waste generator, your best development of action is to hire a compliant medical waste disposal company to take care of the complicated disposal process. Our program helps your staff treat with new and revised procedures.
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