It’s time again to wrap up the latest news in medical waste disposal. In case you missed it, here’s what’s been happening here on the Red Bags blog for September.

X-ray Waste: It’s not regular waste

While medical records are the obvious byproduct of any medical office, these come with some lesser-known records that also require proper disposal, such as x-ray films and x-ray waste. X-ray waste contains personal health information (PHI), and must be treated with the utmost care, lest your organization face a serious HIPAA violation. So, what do you do with the excess x-rays? Hint: it doesn’t go in the regular waste stream, and here’s several reasons why.

Medical marijuana dispensaries: do they produce regulated medical waste?

Did you know that cannabis is considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance? Because of this, medical marijuana dispensaries must adhere to the federal Controlled Substances Act. Why? The byproducts may still contain regulated substances.

Curious as to how many states have legalized medical marijuana and what they do with their waste? While it depends on the state, many have common regulations. Here’s what you need to know about medical marijuana waste.

Hazardous waste: what you need to know.

Hazardous waste is defined as “… a waste with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to human health or the environment. The universe of hazardous wastes is large and diverse. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, or contained gases.”

So, exactly how is hazardous waste different than medical waste, and more importantly, how is it dealt with? Read about all the types of hazardous waste and what protocols need to be followed.

More state medical waste requirements!

Here are the state medical waste requirements we covered this week.

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