Clinical sharps waste disposal is the safe and lawful disposal of anything that could puncture the skin that has been used to puncture someone else’s skin. This includes needles, scalpels, open glass ampoules and broken glass. These products have to be disposed of carefully because of the risk of infection. Should someone pick up one of these items or step on them an infection from the item could be passed straight into a person’s bloodstream. This includes serious infections such as hepatitis, MRSA, HIV and AIDS.
Your Options for Clinical Sharps Waste Disposal
In theory you can carry out your own clinical sharps waste disposal, but this is pretty impractical because of all the rules and regulations that have to be followed. It is also a very expensive option with clinical sharps waste disposal there are definitely economies of scale. The most effective way of disposing of them is incineration. To fully melt clinical sharps you need a specialist incinerator.
This means that the best option for practically any clinical sharps waste disposal is to use an outside contractor.
Finding a Clinical Sharps Waste Disposal Contractor
You can find clinical sharps waste disposal services listed in the Yellow Pages and advertised in medical journals and other trade magazines. However, the best place to find them is online using your favorite search engine.
Look for an experienced firm that offers a flexible service. The best firms provide you with the sharps containers in a variety of sizes and can collect as often as you need them to, including in an emergency.
Make sure that they include a phone number, so that you can get hold of them at any time and so that you can discuss the service they offer in detail. This will ensure that they are the right firm for you. Some people may be conmen who are eager to meant money from people
Before making a final decision on sharps waste disposal get a written quote from a few companies. Try to avoid signing too long a term contract, at least to start with, that way you can change your contract easily at a later date if you want to.Storing medical waste requires training to be certain you know how to dispose properly of the various types. Non-hazardous waste should never be mixed with medical waste, or put in the containers designated for hazardous and medical disposal. Garbage with bandages, gloves, and any other materials that may have blood or other fluids should go into the red bags. All sharps must be put in rigid containers to prevent accidental cuts. Medical waste has to be properly separated when preparing for transportation.
If you transport your waste to a disposal facility, you must have a permit to carry more than 50 pounds. The methods for storing, transporting, and destroying your biohazardous materials must be made very clear and detailed to ensure proper, legal disposal. A medical waste management company, which also provides certified biohazard services, can make certain you have absolutely everything you need to manage your medical waste properly.