Delaware Medical and Biohazardous Waste Disposal
America’s 2nd smallest state is made up of 2 major land regions, The Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain. Cocooned by the Delaware River and Bay and part of the Delmarva, nowhere in the “Diamond State” is far from water.
Delaware has stunning museums for history buffs, scenic beaches and gardens for nature lovers and great food for everyone. The state’s capital Dover plays host to shindigs such as the Firefly Music Festival, Dover Days, the Delaware Wine and Beer festival and NASCAR races at the Dover International Speedway. It also provides the perfect gateway to First State Heritage Park and Amish Country. A trip Winterthur to visit the childhood home of collector Henry Francis du Pont, can’t be missed, now the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, it sits on 1,000 acres of rolling green meadows and enchanted woodlands made for exploring. If in Wilmington, a trip to Bellevue State Park is perfect for a picnic or horse riding. However, if you’d actually prefer to catch your lunch or simply meander, a hike Brandywine Creek State Park won’t disappoint.
Looking for fun in the sun? Fenwick Island State Park boasts 3 miles of barrier dunes, which is just a short drive from Ocean City and Cape Henlopen State Park has 2 beautiful sandy beaches, basketball courts and a golf course. Feeling peckish? A trip to Rehoboth Beach isn’t complete without a bucket of Thrasher’s fries with vinegar, local crab cakes or a slice from Grotto Pizza. With a healthy culinary scene, it’s no surprise livestock and crops are the state’s leading revenue raisers. Delaware also has a huge manufacturing industry with pharmaceuticals being one of their leading products, while the healthcare industry provides employment for 10% of all Delawareans.
Large-scale pharmaceutical manufacturing and a strong healthcare industry bring with it medical waste. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control manage these regulations, through their Waste and Hazardous Substances division. Every facility that generates medical waste is required to obtain an Infectious Waste Identification Number for each individual location, while generators storing medical or infectious waste on their premises must adhere to the following:
Room temperature waste cannot be stored for more than 14 days
Refrigerated waste cannot be stored more than 45 days
Frozen waste cannot be stored for more than 90 days
The only exception is sharps waste, which if stored in an appropriate sharps container (rigid and leak-proof), can be stored indefinitely until reaching the fill line. Delaware permits the use of reusable sharps containers, on the provision that they are thoroughly washed and decontaminated by a method approved by the Department of Health and Social Services each time they are emptied.
Daniels Health drives best-practice in healthcare waste segregation and disposal
Correct segregation of healthcare waste streams has a profound affect not only on compliance, but across safety and environmental outcomes. As industry-shapers in healthcare waste management, Daniels takes a leading role in partnering with our customers to drive correct waste segregation behaviors in their facilities. Through education, clearly differentiated containers, color coding, training, medical waste audits and on-site partnership to establish the best locations and mounting heights for containers – we drive our customers’ success in lowering costs, reducing medical waste volumes, putting the safety of staff and patients first, and driving clinical outcomes.
Daniels containment systems have redefined industry standards of ‘safe healthcare waste containment’. Our safety-designed systems have been supported by clinical research and trials, rigorous testing for bacterial load, and designed with fine-tuned tolerances to achieve safety in disposal, locking and hand restriction. With a range of over 40 containers supporting the collection, transport and disposal of regulated medical waste, biohazardous sharps, pathological waste, trace chemotherapy waste, pharmaceuticals and controlled substances, Daniels are a total solution partner to acute and non-acute healthcare facilities across the state of Delaware. Learn more about the Daniels approach to healthcare waste optimization here.
Daniels reusable sharps containers are emptied and sanitized at our clean processing facilities using our independently tested “Washsmart” system. A fully automated, robotic system used for decanting, washing, sanitizing and drying our containers.
All of our Sharpsmart containers are washed through a rigorous 8-step process, entering a washing chamber combining environmentally friendly cleaning liquids, powerful jet-blasting hoses and steam technology to achieve the highest levels of bacterial load reduction and microbiological efficacy.
Decontamination: Blood and human-source soiling are completely removed and the inside of the collector is now safe for handling
Sanitization: Daniels Washsmart system has been extensively researched, tested and independently verified - achieving a level of sanitization 4 times higher than required by the US’s CDC
Quality Control Parameters: The time, temperature and water volumes necessary to achieve this level of cleaning are closely monitored. If any parameter falls outside our set criteria, the Washsmart machine immediately shuts down so it can be repaired
Tested: The Washsmart process passes the stringent Ninhydrin test – a forensic-level test to detect traces of blood or proteins and before delivery to you, our collector is physically inspected; the safety tray mechanism tested and inbuilt security locks checked
Let Daniels work with you to help improve segregation practices, decrease your sharps waste and carbon footprint.
Daniels Health understands the needs of healthcare facilities in Delaware. Contact us and see how we can help your facility better manage your medical and biohazardous waste disposal.
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