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3 TIPS TO HELP YOUR HEALTHCARE FACILITY OR BUSINESS STAY COMPLIANT

The word “compliant” can immediately make even the best office or business managers’ head spin with all of the rules and guidelines involved. However, when referring to managing a the dangerous medical waste of a facility or institution, one must understand that these guidelines are set for a very specific reason. Leaking hazardous medical waste will not cause the next set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, however it may put your employees, your patients or customers, and your business at risk of coming into contact with infectious waste and/or receiving hefty fines.
Here are several methods to help keep your health care facility or business compliant when you are obliged to manage hazardous waste.

Make Staff Training A Priority

First of all you have to make sure that they receive the proper training. Without proper training, guidelines which include placing sharps into a puncture-proof container, can easily be overlooked.
We take care of both being compliant and keeping your staff and patients healthy and safe at Glycon. Actually, Glycon offers various OSHA certifications to help you train your employees to avoid dangers of improperly handling or disposing of medical waste.

Always Use Appropriate Containers/Bags

One of the simplest rules to follow when disposing of medical waste is to always use proper containers or bags. For instance, you would never put a sharp into a red biohazard bag. If you do in this way it can puncture the bag and allow medical waste to contaminate your facility. Placing medical waste in the correct bag or container in a correct manner also helps when the waste makes its way to the disposal center because several types of waste must be disposed of in a certain way.
Having idea which containers are for what type of waste goes back to the very first tip. Take the time to thoroughly train your staff in proper waste management. Besides increasing the health and safety of your facility, it may even lower a few “staying compliant” headaches in the future.

Partner With The Right Waste Management Company Like Glycon

When you choose the right waste management company to partner with, it becomes easier to stay compliant. Having already over 5 years of experience, Glycon knows what should be done to stay on top of the ever-changing OSHA and federal regulations surrounding the management of bio-hazard waste.

With affordable, flexible, and nationwide coverage, Glycon can help you create a waste management suitable to your company’s requirements. Give us a call today at (844) 494-8222 and allow us to help you get rid of the headache of medical waste removal, medical waste transport, and medical waste disposal.

3 Steps for Medical Waste Management in Nursing Homes

Are you aware that according to the demographic statistics of the United States, approximately  70 million Americans will be at the age of 65 years and over by 2030? No, it’s not your imagination that nursing homes have been sprouting up at a steady pace to keep up with present and future needs. People incorrectly classify medical waste generated by nursing homes as home-generated or household medical waste – which has non-regulated procedures for disposal. However, most states classify nursing homes as an institution providing healthcare to the community, and therefore are required to meet the requirements of  both state and federal laws in the disposal of medical waste. Regulated Medical Waste (bio-hazardous waste) is defined as medical waste that contains blood, bodily fluids or other infectious material that risk contaminating other objects and the wider community.

DISPOSAL PROCESS OF RMWs FOR NURSING HOMES

STEP ONE  of course every nursing home and any medical facility need to have a proper medical waste management program in place. This may lower the amount and costs of medical waste generated at the facility. It is important to clearly indicate to staff and residents the correct items that are suitable for recycling and for medical waste. As any recyclable items having  come into contact with regulated medical waste materials must  be treated and disposed of properly.

STEP TWO The next step is to properly store contaminated medical waste. If  there aren’t  any treatment facilities in your nursing home, a regulated medical waste hauler can transport the RMWs. All medical waste must be stored in a manner corresponding to the type of waste:

  • Sharps (inclusive of needles, syringes, lancelets, etc.) must be put in metal containers with a secure lid, or a ‘sharps’ container, which as the name hints, is a container suitable for such type of material. These containers must be placed in a secure area.
  • It is needed that medical gloves, bandages, sheets, etc. to be secured in a plastic bag.
  • It is advised to nursing homes to speak to their medical waste service providers so as to provide the use of clean and reusable containers to the facility.

STEP THREE Nursing homes are required to employ the use of medical waste transporters or haulers to properly transport and dispose of regulated medical waste. The haulers firstly will deliver properly packaged medical waste to treatment facilities and then will be transported to a disposal site. Nursing homes not only have a liability to the elderly and others which need healthcare assistance, but they have a responsibility to their staff and the wider community by ensuring that a proper medical waste management program is in place. By following the above-mentioned steps, a nursing home can see a reduction in medical waste disposal costs and a decrease to risks of infection.