Hazardous and biohazardous wastes can potentially harm human, animal, and environmental health and wellbeing. These two types of wastes differ in composition, origin, dangers, and disposal methods. Waste generators need to understand the difference between biohazardous and hazardous wastes to protect the staff and the public, comply with all applicable regulations, and avoid fines and penalties.
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Last updated on March 18, 2022

This article is an update of the original published in 2017. Regulations change frequently. That’s why Sharps Compliance monitors updates and communicates any changes to its customers.

Did you know that there are different methods of transporting regulated medical wastes (RMW) for disposal: mailback programs and pickup services? For some customers, mailback is the more practical and economical option; for others, pickup service makes more sense. Several factors go into determining which option is the best.

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Home healthcare in the United States is experiencing a period of rapid growth and change. While providers and payers seek to improve outcomes while controlling costs, patients are receiving more advanced levels of in-home care. For example, “hospital at home” programs provide care that has traditionally required hospitalization. Industry analysts expect home infusion therapy to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% through 2030.

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Pharmacists are some of the most trusted professionals in the United States. Community pharmacies play a crucial role in the nationwide effort to educate the public about the importance of safe prescription drug disposal and provide access to regulatory compliant disposal solutions. A conducted by Portland State University (PSU) found that an on-site disposal option at the pharmacy could help. “The presence of a dropbox at a pharmacy was associated with greater customer awareness of proper drug disposal and safer pharmacist recommendations to customers.”
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OSHA requires employers to “provide appropriate PPE for workers who could be exposed to blood or other infectious materials (such as internal bodily fluids).” Commonly used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers include gloves, gowns, goggles, masks, and face shields. While some of those items may be reusable, the majority are single-use items requiring disposal after use. Though OSHA defines what level of contamination requires disposal as regulated medical waste, state regulations may have more strict definitions of what PPE must be disposed of as regulated medical waste (RMW).
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