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How to Properly Dispose of Medical Waste & Biohazardous Waste

How to Properly Dispose of Medical Waste & Biohazardous Waste

Medical waste and biohazardous waste are both types of waste that can pose a severe threat to public health and the environment. This infectious waste is generated in health care facilities, crime scenes, chemical treatment plants, and others.

Medical and hazardous waste must be disposed of properly to protect people and the environment. Improper disposal of medical waste and biohazardous waste can lead to contamination of soil and water, which can spread disease and cause harmful effects on humans and animals. Both types of waste can also contain hazardous materials that can be dangerous if not handled properly.

What is medical waste?

Medical waste is defined as any solid waste generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals. This waste can come from various sources, including hospitals, clinics, medical offices, and laboratories, and medical and healthcare waste can be either infectious or non-infectious.

Healthcare workers are constantly exposed to the waste generated from medical procedures (medical equipment, human blood, syringes, and other sharps). They must follow all pertinent regulations to protect themselves and the public. Non-infectious medical waste includes items not contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids and does not pose a risk of infection.

Many medical waste disposal companies can pick up and dispose of the waste for you.

What is biohazardous waste?

Biohazardous waste is waste that threatens public health and the environment. This type of waste includes clinical, sharps, infectious, and pharmaceutical waste. Proper medical waste disposal is essential to preventing the spread of disease and protecting the environment.

How to properly dispose of biohazardous waste?

Improper disposal of biohazardous waste can spread disease and infection, so it is essential to follow proper procedures for disposing of this type of waste.

There are four main methods for treating and disposing of biohazardous waste: medical waste incinerators, autoclaving, chemical disinfection, and landfilling. Incineration is the most effective method of destroying infectious materials but is also the most expensive. 

Autoclaving uses steam to sterilize waste and is a less expensive option. Chemical disinfection uses chemicals to kill microorganisms, but this method is not as effective as the other three options. Landfilling is the least expensive method, but it does not destroy infectious materials and can pose a risk if the waste is not adequately contained.

Check out UC San Diego’s Biohazardous Waste Disposal Guidelines to learn more. 

The best method of disposing of biohazard waste depends on the type of waste and the level of infectious risk. Regardless of the methods used, certified professionals should only perform these procedures. It would be best never to attempt to dispose of this waste yourself, let alone carry out any disposal methods without the proper certification.

As a home or business owner, if you do come across any sort of biological or medical waste, the right thing to do is hire a medical waste disposal company to take care of them.

How Bio-One can help you dispose of medical and biohazardous waste

Bio-One is a certified medical waste disposal company that can help you safely and effectively dispose of your medical and biohazardous waste. We offer a wide range of services, including pick-up, transportation, and regulated medical waste and biohazards.

Our medical waste management services include emergency response, transportation, and disposal of bio-medical garbage, from medical examiner offices, healthcare facilities, medical research facilities, and dental clinics to nursing homes and other businesses that produce biohazard waste on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly). Contact us now for a free estimate.

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Medical waste can spread diseases and even cause environmental damage if not disposed of properly. Photo credit: @chokniti - Freepik.

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