Regulated medical waste (RMW) and biohazardous waste are both terms used to refer to medical waste which has the potential to transmit infectious diseases to humans. Many states define “medical waste” as any type of healthcare-related waste generated from treatment of humans or animals, even if its disposal isn’t regulated. They use the terms “biohazardous waste” or “regulated medical waste” to refer to medical waste that is subject to specific disposal rules and regulations.
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Since 2014, Sharps Compliance has partnered with pharmacies, hospitals and clinics with on-site pharmacies, law enforcement agencies, and others to make approximately 3,000 MedSafe pharmaceutical collection kiosks accessible to ultimate users for the disposal of their home medicines. Those with unused/unwanted medications can – at no cost – bring their home medicines to a MedSafe unit for safe, DEA-complaint disposal. The program has generated an enthusiastic response: as of December 2018, over a million pounds of unused, ultimate-user medications have been deposited into MedSafe receptacles.
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Workplace safety is a serious issue that affects your bottom line. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that direct workers’ compensation claims cost US employers $1 billion each week. Unfortunately, in many companies, safety training and education begins and ends with a dusty bookshelf full of “safety manuals” and brightly colored “Safety First!” posters in the break room.
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Medical waste is generated by healthcare facilities (human and animal), research institutions, and even at home. Each time you have blood drawn, surgery, get a filling at the dentist, or visit a pharmacy for a flu shot, you create medical waste. Improper waste disposal has serious health and environmental consequences. Health professionals and consumers need to understand how to protect themselves and their communities.
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As Americans’ use of prescription medications increases – a 2017 study found that 55% of the population regularly takes a prescription drug – safe disposal of unused medication is becoming a more challenging and urgent issue. Educating the public about the risks of improper disposal and offering safe options can protect communities and the environment.
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