If you’re running a medical clinic, nursing home, hospital, or specialty chemical manufacturing firm, collecting and disposing of hazardous waste becomes your responsibility. Not only does this ensure the garbage isn’t dangerous to human health, but it also prevents polluting the environment.
Most healthcare providers use the services of clinical waste management companies like Trikon Clinical Waste (TCW) Solutions rather than doing it themselves. Continue reading to learn more about how we make hazardous waste disposal safe, reliable, and cost-effective.
How Does Trikon Clinical Waste Handle Hazardous Medical Waste?
If your business produces or stores hazardous waste or you need it removed from your property regularly, it’s essential to use a waste management company. Before getting in touch with us, you need to make sure you identify and store it correctly to ensure you comply with the government’s regulations.
What are the Types of Hazardous Medical Waste?
You can categorise your hazardous medical waste into the following categories:
- Anatomic Waste: Human or animal body parts, blood, tissues, or materials, regardless of chemical preservation and infectiousness.
- Cytostatic or Cytotoxic Medicines: Any medicine with toxic, carcinogenic, or mutagenic properties.
- Clinical Waste: Materials that come in contact with anatomic waste. You need to store it in an orange bag if it is infectious and free from chemicals. For non-infectious clinical waste, the government mandates yellow bags for storage.
- Laboratory Chemicals: Chemicals used in the laboratory, X-ray photochemical, or other hazardous compounds.
How to Store Hazardous Medical Waste?
Classifying the waste makes it easier to use the appropriate codes for identification. Also, once you identify the waste, you can segregate it from non-hazardous materials, making it safe to dispose of.
We recommend you avoid mixing hazardous waste at all costs, as the government prohibits this activity. Mixing hazardous waste may result in unnecessary chemical reactions, preventing us from disposing of it safely.
Store the hazardous waste in leakproof and crack-free containers. The storage should be in a safe location, ideally, a place safe from rain, as this allows the substances to escape from the container. If you have to keep the container outdoors, make sure you use waterproof covers.
Always keep the lids sealed until you want to add hazardous medical waste. Never fill the containers until the brim, as it can cause accidents. If the toxic waste expands due to heat, it can spill over and make the unsafe workspace unsafe.
When is the Hazardous Medical Waste Ready for Pickup?
Once you’ve identified the hazardous waste, assigned the codes, and stored it safely, it is ready for pickup.
To make the pickup process smooth, we suggest you already have the following information ready:
- Name of the hazardous medical waste.
- The activity that produced the hazardous waste (Refer to the Standard Industrial Classification Code 2007 for further assistance).
- Code for hazardous medical waste. Generally, it is the List of Waste (LOW) or European Waste Catalogue.
- Your business type.
- Chemical and physical breakdown of hazardous medical waste.
Also, if you have any additional information about these substances, do let us know, as it will be helpful in the safe handling and disposal of the waste.
How Does TCW Dispose of Hazardous Medical Waste?
After we get the necessary information regarding the hazardous medical waste and complete the paperwork, we’ll transport these substances away from your property safely. We move it to a compliant waste disposal service provider’s facility for the final process.
Here, we use incineration for hazardous medical waste disposal, as this is the best technique available. We make sure the waste disposal provider uses the latest techniques, as this decreases by-products, a side-effect of burning waste.
We may also use methods like microwaving for hazardous waste disposal and using chemicals to treat these substances. Our goal is to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill as much as possible.
Why Choose TCW?
You want to know why you should contact TCW over other waste management service providers. For starters, we specialise in hazardous medical waste and have the industry knowledge to use the best collection and disposal methods.
As we offer end-to-end services, we handle everything from helping you store your waste to disposing of it safely. After you contact us, we’ll analyse your waste products and give you an estimate of everything you need for storage. Don’t worry, we also provide all the hazardous waste bags and containers.
Depending on how much hazardous medical waste you produce, you can schedule a daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly pickup. Also, we provide your healthcare business with consignee returns, an essential document mandated by the government.
Hazardous medical waste management is essential for every healthcare provider to be compliant with the country’s rules and regulations. As this can be a daunting task for anyone new to this industry, we make it an easy and seamless experience.
Contact us today if you want us to take over your hazardous medical waste collection and disposal. Within 24 hours, you’ll receive a response from our team, who will visit your site to analyse the situation.
Ankit Bhavsar serves as the Marketing Head of Trikon Clinical Waste in Cardiff. He utilises his extensive experience as a customer experience specialist to deliver the best of services in the sector of clinical waste management. He applies his field knowledge in penning engaging and educational blog posts, informing the readers all about the efficient management of medical waste.
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