Medical Waste Compliance is about much more than disposal!

As you are likely aware, Clym provides medical waste transport and disposal services to many clients in the healthcare and life sciences industry.  Most folks know that this service includes point of generation waste collection, necessary shipping containers, manifests, properly licensed and insured trucks, and processing facilities.  What continues to surprise us is that many generators of medical waste don’t exactly know what state and federal regulations apply to them.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that all you need is a licensed transporter for your medical waste; it’s more complex than that.  But don’t worry! Clym has another easy and affordable solution to keep your business in compliance.  Before we detail that solution, let’s talk about what compliance elements you need.

First, if you’re shipping medical waste, then the Hazardous Materials Regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation apply to you.  Those regulations say that if you take part in a shipment of hazardous materials, like medical waste, then you have to be trained on the regulations.  Sometimes, folks don’t believe us when we inform them of this training requirement.  We simply point to small print on the manifest they sign for each shipment.  Right above the shipper’s signature is the Shipper’s Certification which begins “I hereby certify…”, and you’d better know what you certifying by signing this manifest.  So training is required for shipping papers, packaging, labeling, marking, emergency response, general safety and hazardous materials security.

Next, if you’re generating medical waste that may contain blood or other potentially infectious materials as defined by OSHA, you need annual training on the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard as well as a written Exposure Control Plan.  This plan will detail how your facility will comply with the various elements of the standard and will outline what training is needed.  But wait, there’s more…

Lastly, if you are using workplace signage to convey hazards, like biohazard labels and warning labels on chemicals, the OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard applies to you.  Training on the standard and its recent revision is required for all affected workers.  This training is also to be based on a written Hazard Communication plan.  So before you sign another manifest, think about what you need to have in place in case a regulator should come knocking on your door.

At Clym, we take pride in our creative solutions and we think we have one that may interest all medical waste generators.  Our comprehensive Medical Waste Compliance Service not only includes medical waste disposal but also includes online or instructor-led training for DOT Shipping, Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and Hazard Communication Standard.  In addition, the service includes a customized written Medical Waste Shipment procedure, Exposure Control Plan and Hazard Communication Plan.  To top it all off, we include an annual audit to make sure your plans are current with the regulations and are being properly implemented.  All of this comes in an amazingly affordable bundle that is priced to meet your needs.  Contact us today to learn more!

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