Part One: What’s Going into that Red Biohazard Bag?

Reducing Your Medical Waste Through RightClassificationSM – A Three Part Series

Twenty-four years after the Medical Waste Tracking Act prompted the passing of state medical waste regulations, red biohazard bags are still being filled with trash. Granted, we seldom see pizza boxes or drink cans in red bags anymore, but we still see trash, such as dressings, gauze, gloves, test strips, urine cups, empty medication vials, table and tray covers, device packaging, tubing, pads, and adults diapers. Proper waste segregation (RightClassification℠) is crucial to assure proper containment and disposal of trash, regulated medical waste (RMW), and hazardous waste. Many reasons are given as to why these items end up in red biohazard bags, including:

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OSHA Compliance Quick Tips

In order to keep your workplace safe, it is important to maintain OSHA compliance. Keep reading to learn eight ways to stay compliant.

Tip: Make sure emergency exits are kept unlocked from the inside while employees are in the office. According to OSHA, a company was recently cited for an alleged willful violation. The violation included the employer’s practice of keeping an emergency exit door fastened with a metal bar during working hours.

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Bloodborne Pathogen Quick Tips

Tip: When documenting a bloodborne pathogen exposure incident, do not forget to document the circumstances surrounding the incident. This is not only required by the Standard, it helps to determine if policy was being followed and what might need to be changed.

Documentation must include:

  • Engineering controls and work practices in use at the time of the incident
  • A description of the device being used, including type and brand
  • Protective equipment being worn at the time
  • Location and procedure being performed when the incident occurred
  • Employee’s training status at the time of the incident

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HazCom Has Changed!

Health Hazard Hazcom PictogramCan you identify this picture and explain to an OSHA inspector what it means?

If not, you may be facing OSHA fines during an OSHA inspection after December 1, 2013. The OSHA standard on hazard communication (HCS) Part 1910.1200, Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, is a regulation originally promulgated in 19831. OSHA has now updated the HCS to align with the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)2.

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