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WHO CREATES MEDICAL WASTE AND HOW CAN GLYCON BIOMEDICAL WASTE SERVICES HELP?

When one speaks about medical waste, many people may be astonished that hospitals and clinics are not the only types of institutions that create dangerous waste and/or bio-medical waste. Actually, the list is growing with the different types of businesses and facilities that  every day add to the medical waste stream each.

In order to  see if your business made the list and to learn how Glycon LLC can help you with removal and disposal of your medical waste we are offering you to read the following.

Who Creates Medical Waste?

Medical waste is classified as  “any solid waste generated in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of humans or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or even in the process of testing of biologicals”.

That is why  there exist some  businesses and facilities that may be disposing of medical waste by simply throwing it in the trash. To learn why this is a big “no, no”, read our blog, 3 Reasons Why Bio-Medical Waste Services Are Necessary. Let’s see, schools and daycare facilities have a nurse on staff so as to take care of accidents such as a bloody knee or nurses may be responsible for managing daily shots. In this case, the nurse would need to dispose of the used needles in a sharps container.

Veterinary offices, dental offices, and lab and research facilities also require a proper removal and disposal services. However, the in-home care industry is considered to be one of the fastest growing business. There exist a growing number of home health nurses who help patients in their homes after surgeries or even on a daily basis.

Hotel chains, tattoo parlors, and manufacturing facilities also are considered industries producing medical waste. Glycon LLC has a diversified client base and aims to work with businesses so as to create a safe and healthy environment with the help of using proper disposal solutions.

Glycon Can Help You Manage Your Hazardous And Medical Waste Disposal

Pick-up options – Glycon LLC offers a variety of pick-up options no matter weekly or semi-annually. Glycon LLC will assist you in creating a schedule that meets your facility’s requirements.

Availability – Glycon LLC is available from coast to coast. It provides services to the lower 48 states.

Low prices, high customer satisfaction – Glycon LLC provides consistent and competitive pricing on all of its services. As our business is based on integrity, honesty, kindness, decency, respect, compassion and a belief in truth, justice, honor, love, and working together to make life better, we offer fair contracts with fixed prices.

It doesn’t matter what kind of your business or industry, if you produce medical waste, Glycon LLC will  help you certainly. Contact us any time you need by giving us a call at (844) 494-8222. Let Glycon LLC do the research to create a safe and compliant medical waste disposal plan that fits you and your business’s needs.

HOW PROPER PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE DISPOSAL CAN HELP YOUR FACILITY

When we make a decision about disposing of pharmaceuticals of any kind, it is time for hesitation whether to flush prescriptions down the toilet or sink. It’s obvious that doing such things may raise the risk of contaminating ground water. However it is also not desirable to throw the said pharmaceuticals in the trash. Landfills are already overflowing with hazardous items, and there is a possibility for them to end up in the wrong hands. The EPA and other governing agencies have been sparing their efforts over the past couple of years putting together policies to protect our environment and the human race alike.

What does this mean for your business or facility? Check out the following frequently asked questions about pharmaceutical waste disposal and waste management if you want to find out more about how you can assist your place of work and your environment.

Are All Pharmaceuticals Considered Hazardous Waste?

Of course, not all pharmaceutical waste is considered a hazardous waste depending on where you live. Although even if a particular type of pharmaceutical waste may not be considered “hazardous”, pharmaceuticals can still be harmful. Because of this reason it is very important to dispose of, transport, and eliminate pharmaceutical waste properly. Different types of chemicals combinations are included in pharmaceuticals. and in case of improper disposing of multiple pharmaceuticals major damage can be caused.

Can Pharmaceutical Waste Be Red Bagged ?

The simple answer is “no.” Like we talked about it above, pharmaceutical waste often contains many different chemicals and chemical combinations; therefore, it is considered a hazardous chemical waste. Red bagged waste contains bio-hazardous waste and is most commonly placed in an autoclave, microwave, or incinerator until the waste is considered harmless.

Hazardous chemical waste, such as pharmaceutical waste, must be disposed of by placing the waste into an incinerator which is brought to a temperature that is so high that it can literally break down the chemical composition of the waste.

Can All Pharmaceutical Waste Be Placed In The Same Disposal Container?

Pharmaceutical waste can have different forms, among them liquid, powder, and solids. As far as we know from the subject of chemistry class, when we join certain chemicals together, chemical reactions occur. So it is very important that certain pharmaceuticals be divided in separate containers depending on certain characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity.

Why Is Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Important?

There are a lot of reasons why it is important and necessary to dispose the pharmaceutical waste. Several main top reasons for proper disposal are: the health of workers and patients, the reputation of facility, and the facility’s bottom dollar due to increased fines being imposed if hazardous waste is not disposed of properly.

Glycon realizes the policies and regulations that surround medical waste removal and medical waste disposal. Let Glycon take the efforts and stress out of managing your facility’s medical waste flow.

Glycon offers safe, compliant, and affordable solutions customized to fit your requirements. Give Glycon a call today at (844) 494-8222

Biohazardous Medical Waste Containers

When it comes to medical waste, each subcategory has its own regulations for being properly disposed of. Biohazardous medical waste containers requires special attention to ensure it is properly disposed in compliance with state and federal regulations.
Four types of biohazardous wastes exist, each of which need to be treated uniquely when disposing.

Solid Biohazardous Waste

Solid biohazardous waste consists of non-sharp items that came in contact with human or animal specimen materials—such as tissues or bodily fluids. This might include petri dishes, personal protective equipment, and towels.
Container: This type of waste should be collected in a designated container with a lid that is lined with an autoclave bag and marked with the biohazard symbol.

Liquid Biohazardous Waste

Liquid biohazardous waste consists mainly of bloody and bodily fluids that could be contaminated with infectious agents.
Container: All liquid biohazardous waste must be collected in leak-proof containers secured against tipping over and labeled as biohazard. Additionally, the primary liquid containers can be placed in a secondary vessel—such as a tray or bucket.

Sharp Biohazardous Waste

Sharp biohazardous waste (also referred to as sharps) consists of any medical device  that came in contact with potentially infectious biological material that is sharp enough to puncture the skin.
Container: Sharps containers are designed to be puncture-resistant, leak-proof, and safe to handle. Regardless of biohazard status, all sharps are collected in such containers, but biohazardous sharps should be labeled with a corresponding symbol.

Pathological Biohazardous Waste

Pathological waste includes removed human (or animal) organs, tissues, and body parts that have been exposed to infectious agents.
Container: To prevent potential leaks, pathological waste should be double-bagged and stored similarly to liquid waste in secondary containers.

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How-To Properly Dispose Your Household Medical Waste

HOW-TO DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD MEDICAL WASTE

In today’s world we are very concerned with recycling, reusing, and preserving the environment. However, not everything that looks like it could be recycled can be! This includes medical waste. Not only can these materials not be recycled, but they also need to be disposed of differently depending on the kind of waste. Use this how-to guide to learn the process for disposing of various kinds of medical waste from leftover medicine to medicine dispensers, and medical devices.

Before we get to the how-to, we should spend a little time understanding why everything cannot just be recycled, thrown away, or flushed down the toilet. Let’s think about recycling first. Recycling used plastics such as syringes or needles runs the risk of introducing diseased bodily fluids into products we will use again. Now on to throwing medicines away. Some medicines are dangerous such as chemotherapy and others can be used by people with a drug dependency. We will learn what can and cannot be thrown away. Finally, flushing medicines down the drain does not eliminate them from the water supply. Water cleaning plants do not typically remove these medicines from the water supply.

HOW-TO DISPOSE SHARP MEDICAL WASTE

In a previous blog post, we looked at disposing medical facility sharp medical waste. Similar methods can be applied to household medical waste.
  • Securely wrap all sharp medical waste. This prevents potentially contaminated materials from puncturing the bag they are placed in.
  • Place these materials securely in a biohazards sharps container.
  • Only fill the container to the fill line. Filling the container past this line can lead to improper shutting and possible injury or contamination.
  • Return to medical recycling center or a pharmacy that participants in biohazard waste
  • Take another biohazards container home for future collections of sharp waste.

HOW-TO DISPOSE MEDICINES

 There are a few different options for disposing of medicine.
  • All medicine is available to be returned through the medicine take-back programs. These programs typically have announced weekends where collection sites will collect all unwanted medicine. If you have medicine that needs to be disposed prior to a collection date, you can contact your local medicine waste facility and find out your options.
  • These options can include a mail-back program or going to an authorized collection site.
  • If you do not take your medicine to a collection site, then read the label. Some medicines will have very specific directions for how to properly dispose of them. If this is the case, follow the directions on the package.
  • If you do not take the medicine to a collection site and the medicine does not have specific directions for disposal, then you can secure it in your trash.
  • Secure the medicine in a plastic bag with coffee grounds or kitty litter.
  • Throw this plastic bag into the trash.
  • If there is personally identifiable information on the bottle, scratch this out before throwing it away.
  • The final option for disposing of medicine is to flush it down the drain. We discussed in the beginning of this article that this can introduce medicine into our drinking water. While this is true, some medicines need to be flushed. Most medicines that need to be flushed are powerful pain medications that can cause overdoses in very small amounts.

HOW-TO DISPOSE A MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

The final type of medical waste that needs to be disposed of properly is medical equipment. This equipment runs the gamut from casts to I.V. bags and from catheters to incontinence items. To dispose of these items follow the steps here.
  • Double bag all medical equipment waste in large black garbage bags.
  • Place these bags in your sealed garbage can. This is especially important because these scents can be attractive to animals.
  • If you do not have a large enough garbage can, you can contact your local medical waste collector and they will work with you to find a solution.

Remember, never recycle or compost medical waste. If it is sharp, use a closed container. If it is medicine, use a take-back program or follow the package directions. Finally, if it is medical equipment, double bag it and secure the lid on the garbage can. Follow these directions and you can be confident you are disposing of medical waste properly and making our environment just a little safer.