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Residue from Medicines Found in Hudson River

Detectable amounts of certain pharmaceuticals in the Hudson River remind us why proper medication disposal is important for the environment and community health. Earlier this month, scientists have begun taking samples from the Hudson River in New York as part of a larger study to test just how much medication is present in our waterways.…

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Kentucky Medical Waste Requirements

A look at medical waste requirements in the state of Kentucky. Over the last several weeks, we’ve taken a close look at medical waste regulations in different states across America, and while all have had similar requirements for disposal and storage, many have had different provisions in their waste management records.  Kentucky doesn’t actually have…

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Kansas Medical Waste Requirements

A look at medical waste regulations in the state of Kansas. Kansas medical waste disposal regulations are governed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Medical waste is defined by the state as “solid waste materials which are potentially capable of causing disease or injury and which are generated in connection with human or…

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3 Ways to Save On Medical Waste Removal

Need to save on medical waste removal? Make sure you’re doing this… Part of managing medical waste is managing a budget, and while the services you’re paying for may seem clear-cut, there are some costly missteps that could lead to overpayment by way of fines. These surprise items are not something one can prepare for…

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Iowa Medical Waste Requirements

A look at medical waste regulations in the state of Iowa. Medical waste management in the state of Iowa is regulated under the state’s solid waste program, and infectious waste is considered “special waste.” Of course, special waste is rather broad in Iowa; this pertains to waste that cannot be put into a landfill, at…

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HIPAA and Medical Waste: What’s the Rule?

Personal health information exists on specimen cups and IV bags.  Are these covered as PHI under HIPAA? Protecting sensitive information is important, particularly in the healthcare industry.  Medical records are full of data that would be an identity thief’s dream come true; names, addresses, social security numbers, health plan information, and so much more. The…

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Indiana Medical Waste Requirements

A look at medical waste regulations in the state of Indiana. Indiana’s medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and regulated under both the Department of Health’s (DOH) infectious waste regulations and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) solid waste regulations. Like all states, Indiana has stringent requirements…

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What Is a Spill Kit? Who Needs Them?

Spill kits are essential items to have easily on hand. Here’s why. Have you ever wondered what a spill kit is and what purpose it serves?  Just as the name suggests, a spill kit is an all-in-one container that is designed to handle spills in a work environment.  Not all spill kits are created equal;…

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Illinois Medical Waste Requirements

A look at medical waste regulations in the state of Illinois. Illinois medical waste regulations are governed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administered by The Bureau of Land.  However, in Illinois medical waste is not referred to as medical waste, rather the state classifies medical waste as “Potentially Infectious Medical Waste” (PIMW).…

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Does OSHA consider feminine hygiene products medical waste?

Does OSHA consider feminine hygiene products medical waste? The terms “biohazardous material,” “biohazardous waste,” “medical waste,” “regulated waste,” and “regulated medical waste” are used somewhat interchangeably, but they all have different definitions, and how they’re defined is usually based on what state you live in. One concern we’ve come across here at Red Bags is…

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Idaho Medical Waste Requirements

A look at medical waste regulations in the state of Idaho. Idaho medical waste management is governed by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Like many of the other states we have already covered, Idaho defines medical waste as “…a waste that is known or reasonably expected to contain pathogens. Pathogens are microorganisms (including…

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