ICYMI: The Red Bags Monthly Blog Round Up

Keeping up with medical waste news can be difficult, but here we have the stories you may have missed this week from the Red Bags blog.

The Internet is a busy place! So much content vies for your attention that you may have missed our most popular blog posts published here at Red Bags this last month. Here are some of our top posts you may not have seen or may want to revisit.

Medical Waste: PPE, and More

Do you understand the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and why it’s a requirement for handlers of medical waste? PPE is worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards, and we have the lowdown on the most commonly used PPE in healthcare settings.

Less-talked About Industries: Veterinary Practices

Hospitals, medical spas, healthcare facilities, and research laboratories are just a few of the facilities that produce hazardous waste, and while some like tattoo parlors may seem surprising, facilities like veterinary practices are anything but. Here’s how we serve those who serve our furry little friends.

State Requirements

Unlike many regulations that apply to healthcare, most regulations governing medical waste are defined at the state, rather than the federal level. How familiar are you with each state’s medical waste requirements? Here are the states Red Bags covered in the month of August.

New Mexico – New Mexico medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the New Mexico Environment Department Solid Waste Bureau and, like other states, there are clear definitions and restrictions in place when it comes to the management and disposal of medical waste.

New York – Medical waste in the state of New York is overseen by the Department of Health, and has an active regulated medical waste (RMW) program which is overseen by the DOH, the Wadsworth Center, and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  New York was one of the earliest states to begin regulating medical waste, beginning in the early 1980s.

North Carolina – North Carolina medical waste disposal regulations are managed by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Waste Management, and it oversees the packaging, storage, transportation, treatment, and disposal of medical waste. This covers the basics on how North Carolina handles its medical waste.

North Dakota Infectious waste, or medical waste in the state of North Dakota is governed by the state’s Department of Health.

Ohio – Ohio medical waste disposal is regulated by the state’s EPA’s Infectious Waste Program. The agency oversees the generation, treatment, packaging, storage, transportation, and disposal of all infectious waste across the state.

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