Do You Know Where Biological Waste Goes After It Leaves Your Facility?
Biological waste poses a public health concern because of their potential for causing infectious disease outbreaks. These are defined as being any solid waste that has been generated as a result of the diagnosis, treatment and immunization of humans or animals. This can also apply to institutions involved in research, production and testing of biological materials.
Biological Waste Disposal and Management Outside of the Facility
Red bags, special containers and labels assist a facility in the management of biological waste to avoid contamination of employees and patients, but once they are picked up from your facility they undergo complex processes to avoid contamination of the public.
Special treatment of biological waste generated by a hospital, doctor’s office or other medical facility is necessary in order to:
- Disinfect the biological waste so that it is no longer a viable source of infection.
- Reduce the volume of biological waste in the environment.
- Make biological waste unrecognizable.
- Make any recycled items impossible to be reused in another application.
Disposal Methods of Biological Waste
How medical waste is disposed of outside of the facility is the reason behind the need for separation inside. For example, in some areas deep burial of biological waste may be permitted, but only if it is human anatomical waste or animal waste. Other types of waste, including sharps, will receive autoclave and microwave treatment. This process melts the waste down into a liquid form that is deemed free of any disease causing pathogens.
Other options include incineration of biological waste, but the leftover ash will then be transported to a secured landfill. Shredding of plastic is also a viable method of biological waste disposal, but only after the material has received decontamination treatment or sterilization.
Your biological waste disposal service provider will document the generated medical waste picked up at your facility and the processes used to secure it afterwards. You will be provided with manifests of these procedures, which must be kept in your files for an allocated period of time.
Extensive safety measures are utilized to ensure the secure transport of biological waste from your facility to the treating one. Drivers and collectors are fully aware of the risk involved in the shipping of these materials, and have been trained in proper procedures for the event of a spill. As further precaution they are provided with protective clothing and gloves to use throughout transport.
Biological waste disposal and management is taken very seriously at each stage, starting in your facility and ending in the landfill. Partner with a responsible company that has experience in the removal and destruction of biological waste to help in protecting the environment and population from any possible contamination.