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How often should I schedule pick up for my medical waste disposal?

As a matter of fact, there aren’t any Federal infectious medical waste disposal regulations at this time. This issue was left for each State to decide what their regulations will be.

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard does not address this issue either.

In California, the storage times are different for biohazardous waste disposal and sharps disposal.

A facility that generates less than 20 pounds of biohazardous waste per month may store it for 30 days.”

That means pickup for a small medical waste generator should be scheduled for about once a month.

The waste may be stored for up to 90 days if kept at 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

Good storage habits may allow a less frequent pickup schedule.

Good storage habits would mean storing the medical waste containers in a place that is easily cleaned, not permeable (in case of spills) and made of durable materials that would provide protection from water, rain and wind so the containers remain dependably intact. Good storage would keep the containers in a place with limited access, preferably in a place where only trained employees can enter, so that the chance of damage, leakage or spills is minimal.

Good storage would be a place where the floor is not carpeted, has no open seams, and if there are floor drains, they must discharge to a sanitary sewer disposal system. The area should be kept clean and well-maintained, be in good repair, and if there are biohazardous waste containers in there, the international biohazard symbol needs to be posted at the entry.

Once a medical waste disposal box is filled, it needs to be packaged. Then, it should be picked up within 30 days. The countdown begins once the box is packaged.

However, sharps disposal containers have a different time frame. They can remain in place until they are ready to be changed, which is just slightly before the level reaches the “full” line. So, if you are a generator of mainly sharps disposal, like a tattoo parlor, the frequency of the medical waste pick-up would depend on the frequency of your sharps disposal containers reaching the full lines.

Hospitals and Nursing Homes are under other State regulations that require biohazard and regular trash to be removed every day or sooner, if needed. This is to protect patients and visitors, who are also at risk of exposure, especially little children, who are curious and may try to check out any unfamiliar things in their environment. Other people at risk for contamination and infection are support service workers. Cleaning personnel and laundry workers are the first people exposed to medical waste that is improperly disposed of or left around.

Again, the sharps disposal containers are not included in the daily removal requirement.

If you’re a small medical waste disposal generator, and you’re still not sure how often to schedule pick-up for your medical waste, here are some indicators:

To determine how frequently your facility needs to schedule pickup by a medical waste disposal company, you should weigh the amount of biohazardous waste (sharps not included) that your business generates in a month, and call to consult with our OSHA-trained experts.

You’ll know if your medical waste has been lying around for too long. One indicator that it’s beyond time to schedule a pickup is odor. Odors can indicate improper storage of your medical waste disposal (like a hot, moist boiler room), or be indicative of the type of waste you’re disposing of, but it’s a pretty reliable yardstick for the frequency of your pickup.

Don’t wait until it becomes that clear, though. Contact us for help to determine how often you should be scheduling pickups before the situation gets smelly.

Learn What Really Happens With Biohazardous Waste

Every time you make a trip to the hospital, you create medical waste. Even if you do not get a shot or have blood drawn, the tongue depressor and other items that come in contact with your body’s fluids can be considered biohazardous.

How is medical waste collected?

In years past, this waste was simply collected in special plastic boxes and bags and then disposed of just like normal trash. It was eventually found that this was not only not safe for the environment but it was also not safe for the refuse workers or the general population who may come in contact with this dangerous waste.

Thanks to recent regulations, today biohazard waste disposal companies must come to pick up the medical waste and take it to a treatment facility to be rendered safe and non-hazardous.

The red bags that you see in your doctor’s office are used to collect any waste that is soft and cannot penetrate the shell of the bag. Anything that could poke through the bags, such as needles, is collected in red hard plastic boxes that cannot be pierced by the sharp objects. It is very important that waste ends up in the proper container so as to keep everyone safe.

The waste is then put in a special area where a medical waste services company picks it up and takes it back to their facility. Here the waste is sorted through to remove any items that can be sent to a recycling center after it has been sterilized.

How is biohazard waste made safe?

Biohazardous waste is made safe through a sterilization process. Waste that cannot be recycled, like gauze or needles, still needs to be made sanitary and non-hazardous before it can be thrown away in a dump or landfill. This is usually done through the use of an autoclave which works by forcing air out of the unit and steaming the items at an intensely high heat. The temperature is so high that no bacteria can survive and thus the items are deemed safe for recycling or disposal.

After all the bacteria is removed by the autoclave process, the waste can then be disposed of in the normal manner.

So what happens with biohazardous waste once it’s placed in the container?

After the waste is made safe by the autoclave process, the waste can then be disposed of in the normal manner. There are some items, such as plastic items, which are sanitized by being melted down and then are sent to a recycling center where they can be made into new products. It is important for the medical waste disposal company to ensure that any product that they send for recycling has first been rendered safe. Melting down the plastic before sending it for recycling is the best way to remove any bacteria that may be present.

Do only hospitals produce biohazardous waste?

Many people are under the assumption that biohazard waste disposal only needs to be handled at doctors’ offices and hospitals. There are more institutions that need this type waste disposal than the traditional ones.

Other faciliites that produce biohazard waste include:

  • Jails and prisons
  • Casinos
  • Gyms and pools
  • Animal hospitals and shelters
  • Veterinarian offices

Rather than letting the waste they produce end up in the regular trash and create a hazard, these places need to make sure their waste is properly disposed of.

Biohazardous waste must be handled properly according to the laws of the state and federal governments. For this reason, a biohazard waste disposal company is the only entity that can properly dispose of this type of waste. While medical waste was once simply placed in red bags or boxes and sent to the landfills, today this is not the case. The waste must be treated and rendered harmless before it can be recycled or thrown away.

5 Questions to Ask About Legal Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Properly disposing of pharmaceutical waste is the law!

Do you have pharmaceutical waste? Here are 5 questions for you to ask to help determine if your facility is complying with the law.

1. Have you ever dropped tablets or spilled liquid medication on the floor?
Spilled or contaminated medications are pharmaceutical waste that must be disposed of in compliance with federal and state hazardous waste regulations.

2. Do you ever prepare medication, but not fully administer/dispense it?
Partial or full prepared injections or IV bags are pharmaceutical waste that must be disposed of in compliance with federal and state hazardous waste regulations.

3. Do you ever receive sample medications from pharmaceutical representatives that expire before you can dispense them to patients?
Expired sample medications are pharmaceutical wastes, and responsibility for the disposal of expired sample medications falls to the facility that has custody of them when they expire.

4. Have you ever had patients whose medications changed, or who were discharged from your facility and their personal medications remained behind?
Any prescribed medication that can’t be used for its intended purpose and that remains in the custody of a healthcare facility is a pharmaceutical waste and must be disposed of properly by the healthcare facility.

5. Do you dispense warfarin, nicotine, physostigmine or arsenic trioxide?

These four drugs fall into a special subset of EPA hazardous wastes and even their empty packaging requires special management.  
 

Don’t put another pill in the trash, red bag, or drain. Let Glycon LLC help you establish a SAFE, SIMPLE, and COMPLIANT solution for pharmaceutical waste.

  Request a free, no-obligation quote for Glycon’s drug disposal service.  

Top Reasons You Need Proper Medical Waste Management

Do you and your employees know what goes in the regular trash can and what goes into the red, specially marked biomedical waste containers? While most businesses and medical facilities know the importance of following the rules and staying compliant, there are still people tossing medical waste where they want. For most, it’s a lack of training and not having a medical waste management system in place.

Here are a few reasons to put together a medical waste management system and how Glycon Medical Waste Services can help.

MEDICAL WASTE IS HARMFUL TO HUMANS

Medical waste can include infectious body fluids, used needles, chemicals, pathological waste, and more. While not all medical waste contains agents that can spread harmful diseases or pose serious risks to humans, there are many different forms of medical waste that can pose a risk to humans if handled improperly. By not having a proper medical waste management system in place, you are putting your staff, patients/customers, and others who visit your facility at risk of contracting diseases such as:

• Hepatitis
• HIV
• Malaria

At Glycon Medical Waste Services, we understand just how dangerous infectious biomedical waste can be to humans. We provide the proper bags and containers for all of your medical waste needs. And in order to help you and your staff learn the difference between medical waste and regular trash and how to dispose of medical waste properly.

MEDICAL WASTE IS HARMFUL TO THE ENVIRONMENT

Not only is medical waste harmful to humans and animals, but it is also harmful to the environment. Even with hours of training, hefty fines, and the threat of shutting down, there are some businesses and facilities that still toss medical waste in with the regular trash headed for the landfill. While it may not seem like a big deal, biomedical waste adds up quickly when everyone continues tossing a few things here and there.

Not only does it create more waste in the local landfill, but contaminated waste also finds its way to our water supply. It gets into our streams, rivers, and lakes and eventually into our drinking water. While most things can be filtered out of our drinking water and decontaminated, most water treatment facilities have not figured out a way to filter out pathogens, expired medications, and other harmful medical waste.

At Glycon Medical Waste Services, we work hard to make sure that we are doing everything possible to keep our environment safe. When you partner with us, you are getting a company that produces no atmospheric pollution, operates under some of the highest standards in the industry, and has put in place clean, safe practices in order to create the most minimal carbon footprint and reduce the overall impact on the environment.

MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT IS REQUIRED BY LAW

There are several federal and state laws governing the disposal of medical waste. From the time it is created, removed, transported and disposed of, it’s important to follow the rules and regulations concerning medical waste. Are there a lot of rules? Yes. Is it impossible to follow the rules? No. By partnering with a medical waste disposal company like Glycon Medical Waste Services, it’s easy than you think to manage your medical waste.

Let us work with you to create a custom pick-up schedule to get rid of the potentially harmful waste in your facility.

We are also licensed, insured, and covered to handle the various types of medical waste.

CONTACT GLYCON MEDICAL WASTE SERVICES TODAY

If you are ready to start managing your medical waste stream, then give Glycon Medical Waste Services a call today! Let us help create a custom schedule to help you stay 100% compliant. If you live in Southern California ( Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Anaheim, Riverside, Irvine, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, San Diego …), give us a call at (844) 494-8222 to get started.

Medical Waste Transportation

Biohazardous waste pickup & biohazardous waste disposal

Collecting your medical and biohazard waste in approved containers is only part of the job. To be fully compliant, you also need to safely transport your waste to a certified facility for disposal. Glycon’s all in one solutions make it easy for you to handle all your medical waste needs, from collection and storage to transportation and disposal.

Affordable, effective solutions for biohazardous waste transportation

We know that patient safety, compliance and improved outcomes are important to you, but that you have to be budget conscious as well. Our solutions are fully scalable, so you pay for only the services you need right now; your all-inclusive Glycon LLC services can grow as you do.

Click here for a quote on affordable biohazardous waste transportation

Transporting Medical Waste

When your business generates medical waste, including sharps, liquid waste, solid waste and even pathological waste, you need to sort, store and transport these items properly. Glycon’s service is unique, because we cover all steps of the process. Some medical waste companies leave you to collect and store on your own, or want you to transport your own waste. Our comprehensive solutions include everything you need to be fully compliant, including:

Collection Containers: Clearly labeled, secure containers make it easy for your team to safely sort and store waste items right away.

Employee training: When every member of your team knows what to do with medical waste and how it should be sorted and stored, your entire facility becomes more compliant and less at risk.

Regular Pickups: Regular visits from a dedicated Glycon LLC medical waste specialist ensures you are fully compliant with all regulations. Your technician will pick up your full containers and drop of fresh new ones, so you never go unprotected.

Transportation: Your waste and biohazardous material is transported in our state of the art vehicles to a Certified Waste Treatment Facility in full compliance with all OSHA and DOT regulations.

Disposal: Once on site, our expert technicians dispose of your medical waste and document the process so you can prove you are operating in full compliance with HIPAA, OSHA and other regulatory agencies.

Make your practice compliant with Glycon llc.

Other medical waste companies leave transportation up to you, which wastes your valuable time and makes it more difficult for you to deal with the logistics of disposal. At Glycon LLC, we handle everything from start to finish, so you never have to worry about your medical waste needs again. Contact us to learn how easy it is to get started and how affordable our plans are for your business.

Properly disposing of pharmaceutical waste is the law!

5 Questions to Ask About Legal Pharmaceutical Disposal

Do you have pharmaceutical waste? Here are 5 questions for you to ask to help determine if your facility is complying with the law.

1. Have you ever dropped tablets or spilled liquid medication on the floor?
Spilled or contaminated medications are pharmaceutical waste that must be disposed of in compliance with federal and state hazardous waste regulations.

2. Do you ever prepare medication, but not fully administer/dispense it?
Partial or full prepared injections or IV bags are pharmaceutical waste that must be disposed of in compliance with federal and state hazardous waste regulations.

3. Do you ever receive sample medications from pharmaceutical representatives that expire before you can dispense them to patients?
Expired sample medications are pharmaceutical wastes, and responsibility for the disposal of expired sample medications falls to the facility that has custody of them when they expire.

4. Have you ever had patients whose medications changed, or who were discharged from your facility and their personal medications remained behind?
Any prescribed medication that can’t be used for its intended purpose and that remains in the custody of a healthcare facility is a pharmaceutical waste and must be disposed of properly by the healthcare facility.

5. Do you dispense warfarin, nicotine, physostigmine or arsenic trioxide?
These four drugs fall into a special subset of EPA hazardous wastes and even their empty packaging requires special management.