Medical & Biohazardous Waste Disposal in Missouri
The state of Missouri sits in the middle of the USA. The “Show Me” state is home to 3 of America’s greatest rivers – the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio. It’s also the birthplace of Dr Pepper, ice tea and Budweiser. The French created Missouri’s first permanent settlement - Ste. Genevieve. Today this national landmark historical district, nestled on the west bank of the Mississippi is still revered for its “French colonial” style architecture, gardens and narrow streets. Other popular cities include Kansas City, Springfield, Jefferson City, the state capital and of course St Louis, the home of Gooey Butter Cake and St Louis-style pizza.
While in St Louis it’s hard to miss the state’s most iconic attraction, The Gateway Arch, standing at 630ft. It’s the tallest man made monument in the US, built to represent the city’s role in the 19th century as the “Gateway to the West.” The state is also abundant with natural beauty. The famous Ozarks lie to the south; while the raging Mississippi River runs along the eastern edge of the state and it’s extensive underground cave networks inspired its nickname of “The Cave State.” Missouri was also home to some of America’s most celebrated writers such as Laura Ingalis Wilder, famous for “Little House on the Prairie.” Poet T.S. Eliot, Mark Twain, who brought the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn to life, and the granddaddy of Rock’n’Roll Chuck Berry, who wrote many of his chart topping hits in St Louis.
Recently Missouri has been working towards improving their public health infrastructure, due to higher than average rates of obesity and hypertension. This has lead to an increase in healthcare facilities, hospital services and research at institutions such as the School of Medicine at Missouri University. Where there are healthcare facilities, there is medical and biohazardous waste. The management and disposal of this waste is regulated by the Missouri Department of Health and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In addition to these regulations Missouri is also one of the states covered by OSHAs federal rules.
Missouri defines infectious waste as “waste capable of producing an infectious disease because it contains pathogens of sufficient virulence and quantity so that exposure to the waste by a susceptible human host could result in an infectious disease,” hence this waste is required to be treated before disposal. Those responsible for generating this waste must also complete an infectious waste treatment certificate to accompany its disposal journey. In addition to this, any untreated medical waste is required to be placed in semi-rigid or rigid, sealed, leak resistant containers clearly displaying the “Biohazard Waste” symbol and labeled with “Infectious Waste” or “Biohazard Waste”. Compliance with these laws is mandatory, which is where we come in.
We Live in Healthcare
Daniels Health has over 3 decades of experience in the US healthcare sector, playing a vital role in every step of the healthcare waste management process, from cradle to grave.
We take care of logistics and compliance. Our national service fleet is over 100 trucks strong and each vehicle is fitted with state of the art GPS tracking technology. While all of our drivers complete the state and federal required training including DOT, PPE and HIPPA. One of the key Daniels differences, is we protect the process from generation to disposal. You can rely on us to take full responsibility for the security of your medical waste, as we don’t involve any third parties. All of our facilities are outfitted with security cameras and Bondtech full vacuum steam autoclaves as part of our ongoing commitment to treat all medical and biohazardous waste in a responsible way. Saving you time and money, while reducing landfill.
How is the Daniels Approach so different?
Well… firstly we don’t offer you a cardboard box for your medical waste collection (revolutionary, we know!) but it’s a little bit more radical than this. Let us show you how the Daniels Difference will cause you to systematically rethink the effectiveness and safety of your healthcare waste collection, training and handling:
Medical waste Containers with inbuilt safety and security features
Daniel healthcare waste containers were designed in tandem with clinicians who live in healthcare. Each container has inbuilt safety and security features, unique color coding and compliance-based labelling, and both our sharps and medical waste containers have been pressure tested to prove they are shatterproof, leakproof and puncture-proof (that’s a lot of proofs!!!)
We help you position for safety
To reduce risk of sharps injuries, cross-contamination, and infectious pathogen transfer, it is imperative that sharps and medical waste containers are able to be positioned at the point of patient care. Daniels works with your facility to understand movement, recommend the right mounting and mobile accessories, and help you with container positioning within your facility to optimize segregation potential (ensuring compliance, reduced environmental impact, and reduced costs).
We train and educate you to segregate better.
Our passion is to make healthcare safer, and this simply is not achieved by providing you with a container and dropping a memo to say that our truck will be pulling up to collect your medical waste on this date…. If this was all we do, we would simply be a medical waste courier! Our clinical and compliance team has designed education resources to help you segregate better, reducing your costs and reducing the volume of waste going to landfill. Our training educates your staff on the risks associated with medical waste handling, safety in sharps disposal, and the differences between waste streams to ensure that your facility is in full compliance.
We want you to reduce your costs, not increase them
We promise a few things. Transparency in pricing, the best quality and value known to man, and no clever contracts that mysteriously increase in price year over year! This is a partnership. But more than this, we will also work with your facility to reduce (in some cases eliminate) your medical waste volumes. Through segregation, the provision of reusable sharps containers, and better training, we see significant waste volume and risk reductions with every facility we work with.
Our solutions will dramatically impact sharps injury risk
One of the biggest occupational risks of healthcare facilities is the risk of their staff being stuck with a needle. Daniels clinically designed sharps containers have been proven to reduce needlestick injuries by up to 87%.
We will grow with you
If your needs change, our solutions will adapt. If your waste volumes increase or decrease or you add a new site or need to add a new waste stream – we will partner with you to ensure that the pickup schedule is right for you. If your facility has to close or relocate – we will work to you to ensure that we can change or close out your contract without penalties. Life changes, we get it!
Our people are wonderful!
Not to say that other companies don’t have great people! But… we think ours are exceptional. As a company and a team, we are very clinically focused. We’re not waste-focused. We want to help you drive clinical outcomes, not just act as a courier that picks up your red bags from a cleaning cupboard or loading dock! Our people live by our vision of making healthcare safer, and are focused on delivering a superior customer experience, because we know that everything we do every day either enhances or detracts from your ability to deliver an excellent standard of patient care.
Daniels Health understands the needs of healthcare facilities in Missouri.
Contact us and see how we can help your facility better manage medical and biohazardous waste disposal.
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