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

This is an update of the article originally published on September 5, 2013.

Reducing Your Medical Waste Through RightClassificationSM – A Three Part Series

Decades 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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How State Medical Waste Regulations Differ

Medical waste is regulated by many government agencies. This can make staying in compliance complicated and time-consuming. Since states, counties, and even cities can differ in their requirements, waste generators must be aware of all the different regulations. In this blog, we will discuss a number of differences between state medical waste regulations.

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Pharmaceutical Waste Differences

With so many pharmaceuticals, it can be difficult to know how to dispose of them all properly.  This post will explore the differences between and proper disposal for over-the-counter medicines, controlled substances, non-controlled medications, and hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.

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How to Dispose of Chemotherapy Waste

Choosing the right containment, transport, and treatment for waste items contaminated with chemotherapy or antineoplastic agents can be confusing. Questions that come up include, “Is chemo managed as hazardous waste, or is it medical waste? Do I have to use a yellow container and chemo labeling or a black container and hazardous waste labeling?” To answer these questions, we must consider how this waste is classified, segregated, and ultimately regulated.

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Healthcare-Related Wastes Explained

Regulated medical waste, sharps waste, isolation waste, hazardous waste, and universal waste…what’s the difference, and how should they be segregated for proper disposal? This blog will discuss the differences between these healthcare-related wastes and how to safely dispose of them while saving money and reducing your chance of regulatory violations.

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