Medical Waste Management in Des Moines, IA
LB Medwaste is an exceptional choice for your medical and infectious waste. We not only meet, but also exceed all state and federal law standards. Treatment of medical waste constitutes a method for rendering it noninfectious prior to disposal in a landfill or solid-waste site. Medical waste is designated as all waste materials generated at health care facilities such as: hospitals, clinics, dental practices, physician offices, blood banks, veterinary facilities, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. It is vital for businesses to decrease the risk of disease transmission with safe and proper disposal methods. LB Medwaste utilizes an incineration method with an autoclave machine that is also environmentally friendly, with a 0.0% pollutant free emission. Our staff will uphold our high standards of efficient, clean and successful removal and reduce any risk at your workplace.
Defining Medical Waste
The Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988 defines medical waste as: "any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production of testing of biologicals." LB Medwaste safely disposes of: blood soaked bandages, culture dishes and other glassware, discarded surgical gloves, discarded surgical instruments, discarded needles used to give shots or draw blood (medical sharps), cultures, stocks, swabs used to inoculate cultures, removed body organs, and discarded lancets. Medical waste is subdivided into four categories: infectious, hazardous, radioactive, and other general wastes. It is advisable for businesses to create a tracking system, utilize management standards for segregation, packaging, labeling with marking, and storage of the waste with established record keeping requirements. There are penalties for mismanagement of this sensitive and potentially dangerous material. LB Medwaste is uniquely qualified to help your business dispose of medical waste by creating an efficient set-up system that labels the waste containers for regulatory compliant, legal disposal.
Defining Infectious Waste
Infectious waste is defined as solid waste that contains pathogens with sufficient virulence and in sufficient quantity that exposure of a susceptible human or animal to the solid waste could cause the human or animal to contract an infectious disease. The EPA estimates that infectious waste constitutes only 10-15% of all medical waste, but the potential hazard is staggering. There are several items considered infectious, including: sharps, syringes, scalpel blades, broken glass, slides, broken glass or rigid plastic vials, bulk blood or body fluids, cultures, human tissue and animal bulk blood or body fluids from an animal carrying a zoonotic agent like rabies, anthrax or tuberculosis. LB Medwaste is committed to reducing risk and keeping your work environment safe for both customers and employees with our range of containers and flexible pick-up schedules.