Sunday, September 15 2013
Maryland Sharps Disposal Company
A how to in Maryland & Virginia, on Sharps Needles disposal. Properly disposing of Sharps needles is everyone’s responsibility. Of all the Biohazard waste we handle, Sharps are a top priority for SAFETY. Now to properly dispose of Sharps, it depends on what type of Sharps Class user you are.
SHARPS Disposal Doctors Office
Reusable Sharps Disposal Hospital
SHARPS Disposal at Home
We suggest that you contact your local health department directly for help. Some things we would suggest, is to purchase a sharps container on-line or from your local pharmacy, we have seen some people use an old Laundry soap or Clorox bottle. These bottles are very durable and just as strong and thick as a Sharps Container.
Make sure to mark on the outside with permanent marker (Sharps Needles) Now, this does not mean you can toss them in the trash or you’re recycling. Again, please contact your local health department for direction, you may be able to take back to your doctor, but call them first. Another option is a Mail Back Sharps program; here is a link to a National leader in this method Mail Back Sharps
These are suggestions and should not be considered the RULE. Before making a final decision on how to dispose of your Sharps, contact your local health department, recycling center or contact us if you work at a Physician’s office.
RWS & Associates
Thursday, September 12 2013
How to SAVE money NOW - On Biohazard Sharps waste disposal.
Well the FIRST thing you do is hire RWS & Associates, which itself will save you a lot of money. I get this question a lot and honestly, there are many small things a medical practice can do, to save on disposal costs. I would start with your current waste provider, how much do you pay?
We price our services PER BOX, most other providers will price per box, plus a monthly fee, stop fee and other crazy items they just make up. All this is to pump up your invoice and squeeze as much money out of you as possible. So again, start with your bill and current charges, see if your provider may cut you a break.
Secondly, frequency of service, very important. Are you getting service more than you need? Do you really know what is going on?
Here is a link about Saving On Biohazard Waste Disposal also some examples I have provided for you.
EXAMPLE1: You receive a Bi-Weekly pick up, of just one box, most of the time it is full. But sometimes it is just ½ full. The office staff is too busy, so they just let the driver take the box and set-up a new one. Well, that was a ½ a box of waste, not just are you paying a lot for service, but now you are giving money back to the medical waste company. Keep an eye that box, consider going to a monthly pick-up. You may have 2 boxes at the end of the month, or you may have one. So this is an easy area you can try to get a better handle on.
EXAMPLE2: Trash and I mean the kind that is not Biohazard Waste, time and time again, we see office staff putting in NON-Biohazard waste items in the medical waste box, soda bottle, pizza box, fast food, patient documents etc… Well this is just filling the box up quicker and YOU are paying for it.
These are just two examples, please review the list below and do a Biohazard Waste Audit of your own office. Good luck and feel free to contact us for any assistance or a FREE Quote.
RWS & Associates
Saturday, September 07 2013
RWS, has provided some general information on Regulations for medical waste disposal in Virginia. Please review information provided from the State of Virginia. For more information, we have provided a link to the Virginia Department Of Environment
Virginia's regulated medical waste management regulations set standards for the storage, and treatment of regulated medical waste. Regulated medical waste may be stored, steam sterilized, incinerated or treated by an acceptable alternative mechanism, and then exclusively in a facility permitted under the regulations. Innovative treatment technology may be allowed if the effectiveness of the treatment can be demonstrated. Treatment of regulated medical waste is expensive and it can result in the release of toxic emissions to the environment. Knowing where-to-throw saves money, improves compliance and worker safety, and reduces environmental impacts.
The identification of regulated medical waste as well as those items that are exempt from regulation is an important part of understanding the regulation of medical devices when they are disposed. Provided here are examples of items that are exempt from regulation and are not considered "regulated medical waste" as well as some items that are considered "regulated medical waste
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Wednesday, September 04 2013
No, you cannot compact medical biohazard waste. In fact you should never compact medical waste. It is a question asked, many times over, why cant I compact my medical waste? Well, there are several reasons not to crush or compact regulated waste, by manual or mechanical means. In addition, you will find information in many regulations, as to why you should never compact waste. Provided below is a LINk to a great article that breaks it all down for you. Why you should never compact biohazard medical waste.
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