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Why is it important to work with medical waste companies?
May 27, 2022 at 4:00 AM
A face mask, syringes, and other medical tools.

Every day, hospitals, urgent care centers, and other medical facilities produce countless tons of medical waste, and unlike other types of waste, it can’t be disposed of in an ordinary manner. A significant percentage of this waste is composed of hazardous materials, calling for adherence to specific disposal protocols. When these medical facilities need to get rid of their waste, they work with medical waste companies to get the help they need.

Medical waste companies know the necessary protocols for disposing of this kind of waste. It’s placed in the appropriate containers for transport to a licensed facility, where it’s treated and destroyed. For many medical organizations, it isn’t reasonable or cost-effective to handle this task on their own. By working with a medical waste company, an organization gains access to a reliable waste disposal method that allows them to stay compliant with federal and state regulations.

The service provided by medical waste companies is essential for medical organizations to remain compliant and continue functioning efficiently, but those unfamiliar with it may not understand it in great detail. That’s why in this blog post, we’ll dive deeper into how medical waste companies can assist your organization with OSHA-compliant disposal of waste and provide this service in a safe, cost-effective manner.

OSHA-compliant disposal of medical waste

As with many industries, OSHA provides rules for the disposal of certain forms of “regulated waste,” primarily with regard to protections for the employees responsible for this task. When it comes to regulated waste (which generally refers to blood and other forms of potentially infectious material), OSHA requires the usage of certain pieces of protective equipment for employees and specific types of containers for the materials being transported.

While it isn’t necessarily outside of a hospital or other medical facility’s capabilities to handle this task independently, doing so exposes the organization to a range of potential legal and financial problems. This issue is avoided to a certain extent by placing the task in the hands of an independent disposal company, ideally with a substantial amount of experience, that can follow necessary disposal protocols reliably.

Outsourcing responsible waste disposal to a trusted team

In addition to shielding the main medical organization from a certain degree of liability, an independent disposal team can simply offer an overall more reliable, comprehensive degree of service than may be expected from alternative options. Many organizations with medical waste disposal needs are large entities spanning countless different teams with a variety of different tasks, giving managers a lot of moving parts to keep track of.

For a medical waste company, disposing of medical waste is the primary function of the business, with few other details to account for that medical organizations themselves may face. By allowing an independent company to handle this task instead of further dividing up their own workforce, an organization saves time, money (in terms of labor, transportation, and other costs), and focus required for other, more significant tasks.

Pink Stethoscope, First Aid kit and medications
The stethoscope is an acoustic medical device for auscultation, or listening to internal sounds of an animal or human body. It typically has a small disc-shaped resonator that is placed against the skin, and one or two tubes connected to two earpieces.

When you’re looking for medical waste companies, choose Preferred Waste Concepts

Don’t take on the burden of disposing of medical waste yourself. Let the reliable, OSHA-compliant team at Preferred Waste Concepts handle it for you in a manner that keeps your people and your organization safe.

With experienced drivers, expert disposal professionals, and a trusted, contracted treatment facility for final disposal, you can count on us to handle your waste disposal needs professionally and comprehensively.

Ready to work with us? To learn more or to get started, contact us now.