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Sunday, September 15 2013

Maryland Sharps Disposal Company

maryland sharps disposal

 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
For Health Care practices, you will need Sharps Containers on hand for SAFE disposal, in addition you will need a medical waste box, to place sharps containers in when full. The medical waste box will be your end all, be all, for sharps and other clinical waste generated. When the Biohazard box is full, just give us a call and we will put you on the schedule for pick-up.

Reusable Sharps Disposal Hospital
Currently, there are a few companies offering re-usable Sharps, this type of service would normally be for a hospital or large nursing care unit, etc… Someplace where there could be dozens or hundreds of Sharps containers, this type of service just makes sense. We do not offer re-usable Sharps service right now.

SHARPS Disposal at Home
For home use, this would be a person who may be a diabetic, or taking hormone shots. This person will have the most trouble, trying to do the right thing. Throwing sharps in your trash at home is a big problem. Every state has their own rules and when you get down to the, local County or City, there could be special rules here also.

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
Regulated Medical Waste Disposal Company

Posted by: Amin AT 07:52 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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.

  • Review bill and service parameters
  • Try negotiating a better price
  • Consider trying to stretch service to Monthly or Will-Call
  • Monitor Employees who use Biohazard Waste box
  • Review Waste items being tossed in box
  • Have staff meeting and talk about costs of disposal
  • Larger multi location practices may need Consultant
  • Contact RWS & Associates

RWS & Associates
Regulated Medical Waste Disposal Company

Posted by: Admin AT 07:06 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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


Link To Virginia Department Of Environment


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Posted by: MedWasteGuy AT 06:02 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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.

LINK - Why Cant I Compact Medical Waste


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Posted by: MedWasteGuy AT 06:41 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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