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Incineration vs. Autoclaving

All waste generated by health care activities must be properly treated prior to disposal. There are numerous methods to treat medical waste and render it less hazardous, each with its own set of advantages and liabilities.  The proper disposal of medical waste is a multi-pronged issue that is regulated on both the state and federal…

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Missouri Medical Waste Requirements

A look at Missouri medical waste requirements. Missouri medical waste is managed by the Missouri Department of Health and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Infectious waste is regulated as a non-hazardous solid waste under the Missouri Solid Waste Management Law, whereas the Department of Natural Resources is responsible for regulating all other aspects of…

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Medical, Hazardous, & Pharmaceutical Waste

Not all wastes are created equal. Know the differences between medical, hazardous, and pharmaceutical wastes. The U.S. is responsible for producing a hopping 220 million tons of waste a year.  Because of this, both the government and environmental associations have developed numerous methods of dealing with the problem through waste management.  Waste management is a…

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Mississippi Medical Waste Requirements

A look at Mississippi medical waste requirements. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) regulates the management of medical waste, which includes on-site storage and disposal. Many states have very detailed protocols for the disposal and storage of medical waste, however Mississippi has issued a medical waste fact sheet, which only covers the bare basics.…

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What Are the Origins of the Biohazard Symbol?

Easily recognized, the biohazard symbol has a rather interesting history. Signs and symbols are designed to be glanced at, not studied.  They need to convey the maximum amount of information using the minimum amount of content, which is why the biohazard symbol is important; health and safety depend on it. You may be familiar with…

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Minnesota Medical Waste Requirements

A look at Minnesota medical waste requirements. In the state of Minnesota medical waste is regulated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and many of the rules and regulations are similar, if not the same as many other states we’ve discussed.  The reason for this is many states adopt regulations based on federal laws so…

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Personal Waste vs. Regulated Medical Waste: What’s the Difference?

Medical Waste Pollution

Knowing the difference between personal waste and regulated medical waste. You may not think twice about what you throw in the trash at home, but personal solid waste is vastly different than regulated medical waste.  The key difference?  Regulated medical waste (RMW) is any waste that contains or has been exposed to blood or other…

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Michigan Medical Waste Requirements

A look at Michigan medical waste requirements. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Waste and Hazardous Materials Division oversees medical waste treatment and disposal in the mid-western state. Most state medical waste requirements usually detail and outline definitions of what constitutes infectious waste, pathological waste, and so on. According to Michigan’s Public Act and Rules…

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Massachusetts Medical Waste Requirements

A look at Massachusetts medical waste requirements. In the state of Massachusetts medical waste disposal is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Massachusetts’ medical waste list includes, but is not limited to human parts, organs, tissues and body fluids, specimens, and discarded material saturated with body…

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Medical Waste Around the World

Medical waste in developing nations differs greatly from disposal in the United States. Here are the basic facts. Where there is medical care, there is medical waste that will need to be disposed of. Developed countries, like the United States already face unique obstacles when it comes to the volume of waste, whether it’s infectious…

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Maryland Medical Waste Requirements

A look at Maryland medical waste requirements. Medical waste handling and disposal in the state of Maryland is handled by the Department of the Environment. Much like other states in the U.S., Maryland defines medical waste as anatomical material, which is human or animal body parts, including tissues and organs, blood and blood-soiled articles, as…

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