Understanding biohazard waste removal rules and regulations

by | Nov 16, 2016 | Waste Management

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If you run one of the following facilities, understanding biohazard waste removal in West Palm Beach is essential to the success of your business:

*Funeral home
*Medical clinic
*Nursing home
*Vet clinic
*Tattoo parlor

What is biohazard waste?
Biohazard waste is defined as a substance/device/item that is potentially infectious. These can include any of the following but is not an exhaustive list:

*Sharps, including scalpels, needles or anything that can penetrate the skin
*Bandages and dressings with free-flowing or dripping blood
*Bodily fluids and body parts
*Waste from medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, etc.

The rules can vary from state to state, but if you’re located in West Palm Beach, you’ll need to contact the Florida Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection for a complete guide to the rules and regulations that are set in place. You’ll also need to apply for necessary permits and licenses depending on what type of waste your facility will be generating.

When biomedical waste is improperly disposed of, it can place health care workers, and the public at risk of contracting infectious and dangerous diseases. The Florida department of Health can help you devise a plan that will help document procedures on how your facility must dispose of this waste, so all your employees are protected.

Finding a waste management company is also a critical part of your overall medical waste strategy. Whether you decide to autoclave onsite, or leave the entire process to the management company, they will have to put a strategy in place to deal with the waste that is generated. Biohazard waste removal in West Palm Beach provides different plans and packages for disposal, depending upon your needs. Together, your waste removal strategy will be one that is within the regulations and poses minimal risk to all parties involved.

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