Tuesday 6 September 2016

Uncle Sam is watching where your medical waste goes

Posted by at 10:00 AM

Various government agencies are responsible for regulating medical waste disposal. Are you aware of these regulations and agencies involved? Here the big four when it comes to medical waste compliance:

  • OSHA – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has regulations relating to medical waste that are designed to ensure the safety of anyone who comes in contact with that waste. This agency is responsible for establishing guidelines that dictate the safe handling, transport and disposal of medical waste.
  • U.S. FDA – The Federal Drug Administration oversees the protection of public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. Specifically, they have requirements for the containment of medical waste.
  • U.S. EPA – The Environmental Protection Agency serves to protect human health and the environment. It no longer governs regulated medical waste, but it works with other arms of health agencies to protect the environment from regulated medical waste.
  • U.S. DOT – The Department of Transportation handles how medical waste is transported. Shippers of medical waste must ensure compliance with the US DOT Hazardous Material Regulations for ground transport.

LB MedWaste can provide on-site training for your staff to ensure your work environment is compliant to all federal and state requirements. Plus, we can provide an online OSHA Compliance Portal to aid training, planning, access to a large MSDS database, and organization and storage of safety related documents.

Contact us today for assistance with adhering to medical waste regulations.