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Medical Waste Segregation Series: Yellow Containers

Chemotherapy medical waste is hazardous because it is pharmaceutical waste that includes drugs which can be harmful when in contact. Medical waste segregation is the practice of separating all hazardous solid and non-solid waste into clearly marked containers for proper handling, processing, and disposal. Following these rules will keep the public and the environment safe.…

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How to Properly Dispose of Narcan/Naxolone Sharps

In 2016, drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans according to the CDC and that number is steadily climbing. While the epidemic is being fought across the nation to stop drug use and overdoses, there is some hope thanks to Naxolone (Narcan) which can stop an overdose caused by an opioid drug as it is happening. This…

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5 Safety Tips for Health Care Workers

Health care workers play a very crucial role in the survival of humanity. They are constantly exposed to dangerous health situations because they have the intention to provide care to people who are not feeling well. Some of the health risks that healthcare workers are exposed to include radioactive materials, injuries from needles, exposure to…

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Types of Hazardous Waste at the Dental Office

Despite the complexity of waste management, dental offices must evaluate the types of wastes generated and dispose of such waste properly.  Dental practices should first determine if the waste is a hazardous waste regulated by Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) or just simply general waste. Here are the different types of hazardous waste at…

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5 Medical Waste Best Practices for Small Quantity Generators

Small quantity generators don’t always have to abide by the same medical waste laws. Here’s what you need to know. All medical waste generators are required to handle infectious or hazardous waste in accordance with all local and federal laws.  In many states, however, medical waste generators are usually classified by the volume of waste…

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Healthcare Risk Management: Raising Awareness & Safety In the Healthcare Industry

Red Bags Blog Round-Up – January 2019

Healthcare risk management is an important task, and this week we celebrate healthcare risk managers who work so hard to keep patients and communities safe. Risk management in healthcare is potentially more important than in any other industry. Why? Healthcare risk management can mean the difference between life and death, which makes this profession an…

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OSHA Review: Top 5 Ways to Stay OSHA Compliant

Whether you work in a medical lab, private practice, hospital setting, funeral home, or veterinary office, there are a set of rules in place to help maintain OSHA compliance. Whether you work in a medical lab, hospital, tattoo parlor, or a veterinary office, there are a set of rules in place to help maintain OSHA…

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May Is Food Allergy Awareness Month: Epinephrine Auto Injector Disposal

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month, a time to create awareness among the general public, and reduce the number of deaths caused by food allergies. Eating with caution is a way of life for nearly 15 million Americans living with food allergies. Living with a life-threatening medical condition is no doubt challenging, especially for children,…

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Medical Waste Environmental Series: Packaging Your Medical Waste for Disposal

HIPAA's Privacy Rule

Medical waste packaging for pickup and transport is an important part of the disposal process. Here are some fast facts and tips. On-site management of regulated medical waste is a multi-pronged issue, as there are state and federal regulations, all of which cover packaging, disposal, handling, and removal. Many states require that facilities that deal…

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