Written by Laura Wakelam
12 Oct 2022

Container Transport Safety

You already know that medical waste is a serious issue. It can contain a variety of dangerous and infectious materials, and if it isn’t disposed of properly, it can pose a serious health risk to everyone around it. 

In the US, the facility where the waste is generated is responsible for its entire lifecycle, even when it is no longer at the facility. This means that your transportation method needs to be as compliant and safe as the procedures you implement within your organization’s own environment. 


1 / The medical waste lifecycle

2 / What you need to know about waste transportation if you generate medical waste

3 / The risks of transporting medical waste 

4 / Why does medical waste transportation safety matter to the waste generator?

5 / How does Daniels do medical waste transportation differently?

6 / Transport medical waste safely with Daniels 

The medical waste lifecycle

From hospitals to private clinics, any facility that deals with medical waste needs to have a reliable way to get rid of it. And without a proper understanding of the lifecycle of medical waste, it can be easy to make a mistake that could put everyone at risk.

In most cases, medical waste generally follows a lifecycle that begins at the facility (cradle) to a waste management company (gateway) and finally at a landfill or incinerator (grave). Consider the following lifecycle:

1. Waste is generated at a healthcare facility

2. This waste is placed in a container for transport

3. The container is taken to a medical waste disposal facility

4. The waste is treated and disposed of according to regulations

5. The empty container is returned to the healthcare facility

As you can see, there are a variety of steps involved in the process, and each one presents its own set of risks. If any phase is not completed correctly, it could result in serious consequences.

That’s why partnering with a medical waste disposal company that takes safety and compliance seriously is important. 

What You Need to Know About Waste Transportation if You Generate Medical Waste 

Does your organization generate medical waste? If so, you need to be aware of the regulations surrounding transportation.The first step is to identify the types of waste your facility generates. This will help you determine what type of container you need and how it needs to be labeled. Once you have that information, you can start looking for a company that can provide the services you need.

When it comes to transportation, there are a few thing you need to keep in mind. First, you must properly contain all waste before anyone can transport it. This means that it needs to be in a container that is designed for medical waste and that is labeled correctly.

Second, you need to make sure the company you’re working with is properly licensed. In most states, there are specific regulations that medical waste transportation companies need to follow.

Third, you need to have a plan in place for what will happen if there is an accident. This includes having a way to contact the company if something goes wrong and knowing who to call in an emergency.

The Risks of Transporting Medical Waste

While there are a variety of risks associated with transporting medical waste, the most serious is the potential for an accident:

1. If a container leaks, it could contaminate the environment and put people at risk.

2. If a container is not properly secured, it could fall off the vehicle and cause an accident.

3. If waste is not properly contained, it could spread disease or infection.

4. If waste is not disposed of properly, it could create environmental hazards.

5. If a company does not have proper insurance, it could be held liable for any accidents or damage that occurs during transport.

When these problems occur, they can have serious consequences. That’s why it’s so important to partner with a company that takes safety and compliance seriously. 

Why Does Medical Waste Transportation Safety Matter to the Waste Generator?

Waste Generators are ultimately responsible for the waste they generate. This means that if something goes wrong during transport, they could be held liable. That’s why it’s important to partner with a company that takes safety seriously. If you’re looking for a company to transport your medical waste, make sure they are licensed and insured. If your medical waste transporter is lax in safety procedures, they can put your organization at risk and your facilities could be held liable for any accidents or damage that occur. 

How Does Daniels Do Medical Waste Transportation Differently?

As the world becomes more aware of the dangers of plastic waste and transport safety, many industries are scrambling to find sustainable and safe alternatives. Daniels is at the forefront of this change, delivering sustainable and safe solutions for biohazardous waste removal from cradle to grave.

Our reusable sharps containers with permanent safety locks provide a safe and sustainable alternative to bags and boxes, while our Medismart system is a bagless solution that prevents spillage, leakage, and cross-contamination. 

Once it’s time to transport medical waste, Daniels has you covered as well. The Department of Transportation (DoT) and EPA requires all waste to be adequately contained, labeled, and disposed of.

Packaging Group (PG) medical waste must be transported in containers that pass both compliance and safety standards. However, finding a container that meets both of these standards is difficult.  The market is full of containers that are not adequately constructed to hold medical waste during transport, which could cause an accident.

Due to their unique design, Daniels is the only company whose containers can be pulled from the wall and transported without any additional containerization. Our trained professionals can remove these containers, place them onto our truck, and transport them to our secure facility, where the containers are fully sterilized and then reused while the waste is properly disposed of. 

This is an ideal situation, with medical waste remaining in the same secured container throughout its entire lifecycle. Our bulk delivery carts minimize risks within your facility such as spills and ground abrasions by keeping the container upright and off the ground. It’s also a more efficient system that allows our transportation vehicles to be designed to securely hold and lock in place the containers during transport.  

Most companies have to have a specialized transportation truck or extra containers – as their containers are not rated for being in an accident. However, our containers have been rated for safety and compliance, so you know that your medical waste is in good hands! 

Transport Medical Waste Safely with Daniels

From the moment waste is generated to the moment it’s disposed of, we take every precaution necessary to protect our clients. This helps us avoid potential accidents and liability claims. If you’re looking for a medical waste transportation company that puts safety first, look no further than Daniels. We are the perfect partner for any hospital or medical facility that wants to ensure they are in compliance with all regulations.

Contact us today to learn more about our services or to get a quote. When you can trust how your medical waste is being transported, you can focus on what’s important – taking care of your patients and creating a healthier world.





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Laura Wakelam

Laura Wakelam

Global Chief Marketing Officer

Brand and Communications Curator of Daniels Health global group of companies, Laura is a strong believer in cause-driven brand identity and honest storytelling