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Archive for January 2017

Standards for Mailing Sharps Waste

Mailing Sharps

The United States Postal Service requires anyone mailing sharps waste to use USPS-approved packaging. Here’s what that means. Packaging and transporting medical waste is under strict regulation and enforcement. Any facility that produces medical waste, whether it’s health care facilities, waste haulers, treatment and disposal companies, medical spas, and/or laboratories, must have a system in…

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Arkansas Medical Waste Requirements

A peek at the regulations and requirements for medical waste disposal in the state of Arkansas. Arkansas’ medical waste disposal regulations and requirements are managed by the Arkansas Department of Health. The basic premise of these regulations are the same as anywhere else: the state says that medical waste shall be managed in a way…

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National Blood Donor Month: Medical Waste Management at the Blood Bank

HIPAA's Privacy Rule

It’s National Blood Donor Month! Did you know that blood banks are required to follow a stringent set of rules when it comes to collecting, storing, and removing blood from their facilities?  Read on to learn more about safe blood bank medical waste management. Did you know that National Blood Donor Month has been observed…

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Arizona Medical Waste Requirements

A peek at the regulations and requirements for medical waste disposal in the state of Arizona. Arizona medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). It is also one of 24 states operating an approved occupational safety and health (OSHA) program. Medical waste requirements in this state share similar…

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How Should You Dispose of Unused, Old, or Expired Inhalers?

Inhaler Recycling

How can patients safely dispose of a spent or expired inhaler? The answer largely depends on the medication in the inhaler and your local disposal regulations. There are many patients who rely on inhaled medication to control and treat a myriad of pulmonary diseases. An inhaler is a medical device used for delivering this type…

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Alaska Medical Waste Requirements

Medical waste disposal is regulated by the federal and state government. Here’s what happens in Alaska. There are several key categories of waste that are typically classified as ‘regulated’. Each category typically has special handling requirements that are usually state-specific. In Alaska, medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.…

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Do I Need An OSHA Certification?

OSHA Certification

In facilities that produce and store medical waste, employees may be required to have an OSHA certification. In an environment with dangerous hazards such as sharps waste and other regulated medical waste, proper training for handling and disposal is necessary to prevent the spread of infection. Medical waste is primarily regulated by state environmental and…

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Alabama Medical Waste Requirements

Medical waste disposal is regulated by federal and state government. Here’s what happens in Alabama. Medical waste or biohazardous wastes are more dangerous than household waste. Medical waste items contain bodily fluids, tissues, and sharps that possess pathogens that can cause disease. Regulations regarding medical waste disposal are in the hands of federal and state…

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