Medical Waste Disposal Procedures

Posted on: 12 May 2015

Medical waste needs to be disposed in a certain manner in order to keep everyone healthy and to keep potentially dangerous substances out of the water supply and landfills. However, there are many different types of medical waste. It's important for a clinic to know exactly how to dispose of each type of medical waste and understand that the vast majority of medical waste will need to be handled be companies that specialize in making sure that it is processed correctly.

1. Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) and Overclassified Medical Waste

Regulated medical waste is your standard medical waste, which includes anything that has touched human or animal tissue. Syringes and other sharps, even if they have not been used and are out of date, bandages that have touched a wound, and hospital isolation waste all falls under the category of regulated medical waste.

Overclassified medical waste is anything that involves human or animal tissue but does not fall under the legal definition of regulated medical waste. This includes blood samples from a lab that was used for teaching, culture dishes from laboratories, and any other medical materials that were not specifically used to diagnose or treat humans or animals is all included in the category of overclassified medical waste.

For both of these types of medical wastes, you need to have a designated container in each room that is used to store the waste after it is disposed of. Each of these containers should be marked clearly and should have a red plastic liner. There should be a regular collection schedule set up with a company specializing in the disposal of medical waste to come and collect the bags in these containers.

2. Non-contaminated Labware

Non-contaminated labware includes any equipment that was used in a lab to handle neutral substances such as water, buffers, or other materials that are guaranteed to not cause harm to others. This labware cannot be disposed of with the regulated medical waste or overclassified medical waste. Instead, it needs to be disposed of by putting it directly into a black plastic bag that will be able to accommodate its weight. The bag needs to be labeled that it is non-contaminated labware and then placed in a dumpster. This will allow people at the landfill to know that the bag is safe to handle, even though it is coming from a medical center.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in medical waste disposal like MWaste.