May 5, 2018

Preston’s Medical Waste Disposal

Unless you work in the health or medical industries, medical waste probably isn’t something you think about. However, improper medical waste disposal can pose potential risks to everyone. Pathogens and toxic pollutants can indirectly be released and spread into the surrounding environments, possibly leading to the contamination of drinking, surface, and ground waters if the landfills they are dumped in are not properly constructed. (Health-Care Waste) These pollutants could also effect land and wildlife.

What is Medical Waste?

Waste or by-products that may be contaminated by blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials is considered medical waste. (Medical Waste) Doctor and dental offices, hospitals, veterinary clinics, as well as other health facilities all produce medical waste. You may recall seeing red biohazard bags or containers in your doctor’s office. These containers are used to identify and temporarily contain medical waste, and are essential in protecting practitioners and health care workers. Improperly discarded needles may expose workers to potential needle stick injuries and infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 385,000 sharps-related injuries occur annually among health care workers in hospitals. (NIOSH)

 

Preston’s Medical Waste Disposal is southern Utah’s only locally owned medical waste disposal company. We provide medical waste pick up and disposal, biohazard & sharps removal, and expired prescriptions and pharmaceuticals disposal. We also train health care providers in the proper management and handling of health care waste.

 

Insured & Bonded

Locally Owned & Operated

(435) 688-1987

www.prestonsmwd.net

 

 

Sources:

“Health-Care Waste.” World Health Organization, World Health Organization, 8 Feb. 2018, www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/health-care-waste.

“Medical Waste.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 7 Nov. 2017, www.epa.gov/rcra/medical-waste.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). (2011, June 24). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/stopsticks/sharpsinjuries.html

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