Medical and Biohazardous Waste Disposal in Maine
Sitting at the most eastern point of the US coast, Maine has a rich maritime history. Today shipbuilding still remains an important industry, in addition to paper production, agriculture, textiles and tourism. The “Pine Tree State” has come a long way since the 1850s, known as the “Birthplace of Prohibition, and many are familiar with its quaint towns from novels such as “Pet Cemetery,” “It” and “Salem’s Lot,” all penned by Mainer Stephen King.
Maine attracts visitors from all over the US and the world, who come to visit its rocky coastline littered with over 60 lighthouses such as Nubble Lighthouse off Cape Neddick, Owls Headlight in Rockland and the state’s oldest - Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth. Coastal towns and sandy beaches are also a major draw card with Crescent Beach State Park, Long Sands Beach in York, Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, Old Orchard and Ogunquit being amongst the most popular. Take a trip to Acadia National Park and drive up Cadillac Mountain for stunning views of the coast or hit the hiking trails on the Schoodic Peninsula. Meet a moose (the official state animal) at Baxter State park, which is also home to Mt Katahdin and the end of the Appalachian Trail.
In the state’s capital of Augusta, take a ferry to the islands of Casco Bay or watch the sunset on a windjammer. The old shipping port of Boothbay Harbour is now a mecca for boating and its downtown area is bustling with antique shops and galleries. Pick one of the amazing waterfront restaurants to sample some of Maine’s famous dishes like corn chowder, anything seafood, especially lobster and clams, fiddleheads, Whoopie Pies and blueberry pancakes, all washed down with a Moxie. In additioned to its famed seafood food culture, the state also has a booming bioscience industry.
Since 2009, over 240 bioscience-related patents have been issued to researchers and inventors in Maine, in the areas of biochemistry, surgical and medical instruments and pharmaceuticals. With a high concentration of research facilities and laboratories, comes the issue of managing medical and biohazardous waste streams. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Management division governs these regulations. Generators of biomedical waste are required to appropriately segregate, pack, label, store, treat and transport all waste, as well as have a medical waste plan that adheres to Maine’s policies and procedures.
How Daniels Health serves Maine's Healthcare Industry
You may have guessed by our company name that our world is healthcare; At Daniels we have a very deep mission to drive clinical outcomes through healthcare waste management, and this mission demands a fairly radical approach.
Firstly we don’t cherry pick waste streams. We manage all healthcare waste streams. Why? Because this means that we can support you in segregating properly, guaranteeing compliance, reducing waste volumes and costs, and protecting your staff and patients in the process.
We don’t sell you a cardboard box. We sell you a safety system, one that is designed to support the safety, security and clinical demands of high risk biohazardous and pharmaceutical waste. Think about a cardboard box in the corner of your kitchen for household waste… doesn’t work there either!! It’s not rocket science… cardboard is simply not a safe medium for medical waste.
We don’t impose a ‘one solution fits all’ approach. Quite simply, every healthcare facility is different, we should know, we work with over 4500 healthcare facilities in the United States alone. Different waste volumes, pickup frequencies, storage limitations and space availability are all factors we consider when recommending a healthcare waste solution for US healthcare facilities.
We are genuinely great to deal with. This is not a “beat ourselves on the chest… we are perfect” statement, this is a “we are real, honest, sometimes we get it wrong but we’re reliable partners who will work with you to get it right” claim. Our people are awesome! They are passionate about our mission of making healthcare safer, and the solutions they recommend or support are on the right side of the customer, not the wrong side.
Together we can make healthcare better. It takes a different approach to get a different outcome… and we are true believers that a new approach is needed in US healthcare waste management.
Daniels Health is dedicated to increasing safety and compliance through education. Providing sustainable options for segregation and methods to reduce the repeated handling of biohazardous waste, while minimizing the volume of waste going into Maine’s landfills.
Daniels provides a number of different treatment methods that can cater for all your medical and biohazardous waste needs including:
Autoclaving | Autoclaving is a common method in treating regulated medical waste and biohazardous waste, effective in killing bacteria in infectious materials.
Chemical Disinfection | Depending on state specific and federal guidelines, some biohazardous waste streams can be chemically disinfected.
Encapsulation | Needle stick injuries caused by sharps (needles, surgical blades or other instruments) continue to be one of the most prevalent risks for today’s healthcare workers. Daniels Sharpsmart and Bladesafe solutions are clinically designed and tested to reduce these injuries.
Incineration | A cost-effective disposal method for biohazardous waste, incineration is the burning of medical waste produced by healthcare facilities including medical research labs and clinics, vets, physicians’ offices and hospitals.
Having an in-depth understanding of common disposal methods for your medical and biohazardous waste based on federal and state guidelines is essential to maintaining safety and preventing injury to patients, staff and transportation workers. Under Maine's health code, the generator of biomedical waste, (whether a surgery center, hospital, physician’s office or long-term healthcare facility, is responsible for the appropriate segregation, packaging, labeling, storage, handling, transport, and treatment of biomedical waste.Through DOT training, waste segregation education, best-in-class product and service solutions, and our partnership approach, we walk with you to ensure that you're doing all of this correctly in a way that protects your staff, minimizes burden on the environment, removes spill and contamination risks, and keeps costs managed.
Daniels Health understands the needs of healthcare facilities in Maine. Contact us and see how we can help your facility better manage your medical and biohazardous waste disposal.
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