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Archive for March 2017

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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Is Medical Waste Pollution a Problem in the U.S.?

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Is treatment of medical waste pollution a problem in the U.S.? The need for proper medical waste removal was realized when, in the 1980s, beaches were being littered with disposed syringes, medications, and other healthcare-related waste. While medical waste disposal is primarily regulated at the state level, federal laws have dictated the safety and efficacy…

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Hawaii Medical Waste Requirements

A look at Hawaii medical waste regulations. The Department of Health manages and governs Hawaii medical waste disposal under the Division of Environmental Health. Like many of the states we’ve covered, Hawaii has an extensive list of rules and regulations, definitions, and storage processes for those who generate medical waste. In “The Hawaii Rules for…

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What Happens to Medical Waste Eventually?

Every day, a relatively large amount of potentially infectious and hazardous waste is generated in health care organizations like hospitals and other facilities around the world.  This bio-medical waste must be carefully treated and disposed of in order to avoid contamination and the spread of infectious pathogens. That is why many health facilities and hospitals…

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Georgia Medical Waste Requirements

A quick look at Georgia medical waste requirements. In the state of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources oversees medical waste disposal under its environmental protection division. Biomedical waste is its own category under the solid waste management plan, which outlines what is considered medical waste, storage specifications, and treatment plans. The state defines…

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Top 5 Medical Waste Violations: Is Your Facility Guilty?

Is your facility guilty of these common medical waste violations? Despite the abundance of information on proper medical waste disposal and the laws that back this up, there are still some common violations that people make with medical waste removal. Not only is this a compliance issue, it’s an environmental and health issue that can…

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Florida Medical Waste Requirements

A look at Florida medical waste regulations. Florida medical waste requirements are managed by the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Each agency governs different aspects of medical waste disposal.  The Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for biomedical waste incineration and final disposal, whereas The Department of Health has…

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