August 15 Is National Relaxation Day. Here’s Spa Medical Waste 101

Medical spa waste is generated from medical spas that help patients with cosmetic enhancements, including Botox injections, skin rejuvenation and more. National Relaxation Day is here, and what better excuse than to visit the spa to celebrate? While many flock to spas for massages and facials, there is a growing demand in the spa industry…

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Dental Carpule Disposal: Best Practices

Dental carpule disposal involves understanding local, state, and federal regulations and agencies. These agencies and regulations are designed to keep you and your patients safe.  What exactly happens to dental carpules once they are used?

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Is Lidocaine a Hazardous Waste?

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that works by blocking nerve signals in the body and is commonly used by medical practitioners for a variety of procedures.  While it is considered a pharmaceutical, is lidocaine a hazardous waste?

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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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ICYMI: Pet Sharps Waste, Public Disposal of Sharps Waste, and More

Here’s what you missed on the Red Bags blog this month. Sharps Waste for Pets: How to Dispose of Sharps Safely Pet owners with diabetic cats or dogs give daily injections. They accumulate used needles and syringes quickly and should not just toss them in the trash, which can put other people at risk. According…

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Old Medicine Bottles: Did You Know They’re Still Hazardous?

If you take daily medication, those orange prescription bottles can pile up quickly. There are many options for recycling your pill containers, but did you know that even empty containers can still pose as a hazard? The bottle may be empty, but there’s still medication in it. We usually don’t pay attention to those medicine…

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Non-hazardous, Non-DEA Pharmaceutical Waste: What DOESN’T Belong In That Box?

Some (but not all) pharmaceutical waste must be treated as hazardous waste. Here is one difference and how to dispose of non-hazardous, non-DEA pharmaceutical waste. All businesses and institutions that generate pharmaceutical waste are responsible for disposing of that waste according to state and federal law. Given the wide variety of pharmaceutical wastes, complying with…

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Medical Waste Manifests and Tracking Forms: How Long Do I Need to Retain These?

Packaging and transportation are part of medical waste regulation. Proper documentation is required for both. How long do you need to retain medical waste manifests? Medical waste cannot be tossed in the regular trash, nor can it be transported by your municipal waste management company.  Infectious waste must be transported in rigid containers that have…

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Laboratory Medical Waste

Medical waste is a subset of wastes generated at health care facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. Here’s what you need to know about laboratory medical waste. Hospital, medical reference, and research laboratories all produce hazardous laboratory waste. Red Bags covers many industries that produce regulated medical waste…

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Sharps Disposal In Public Spaces for Self-injectors

Safe needle disposal collection containers for public areas is a compliant solution for self-injectors who rely on safe disposal. There are many patients across the country who have to self-inject medication for one reason or another. Thanks to advancement in medical technology, self-injecting is easier and safer than ever.  Of course, it poses a health…

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Sharps Waste At Home For Pets

Do you give your cat or dog injectable medication? Here’s how to handle at-home sharps waste. In a hospital or other medical facility, sharps waste is a common byproduct of care for patients.  This includes needles, lancets, and scalpels contaminated with human or animal blood or tissue.  For a pet owner in a home setting,…

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