Medical and Biohazardous Waste Disposal in Rhode Island
It may be America’s smallest state, but with 400 scenic miles of Atlantic coastline to call its own, the beaches of Narragansett Bay, quaint coastal towns and a thriving seafood industry, “Little Rhody” has a lot to offer.
Rhode Island is one of New England’s most popular destinations, with cities like its capital Providence, famous for the WaterFire park on the Woonasquatucket River, where over 100 bonfires in large pans light up the city and Bristol, home to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Newport, once the playground of the rich, provides the zip code to some of the most beautiful estates in New England, including Cornelius Vanderbilt’s summer cottage “The Breakers,” “Rough Point” and “The Elms” based on the mid -18th century Château d’Asnieres. On your travels, you must sample some of the Plantation State’s most iconic dishes including lobster, clam chowder, pizza strips, Stuffies (Stuffed Quahogs), donut cakes and Johnnycakes all washed down with a coffee milk or Del’s lemonade.
Historically, Rhode Island was the first of the 13 colonies to declare its independence from Great Britain and the first to establish a formal effort of medical education, when Dr William Hunter presented advertised lectures on anatomy and surgery in the early 1750s. Today Rhode Island has a number of universities such as Brown, teaching medicine and more than 20 hospitals serving over 1.5 million patients each year. Where there is patient care and research facilities, there is medical waste. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Waste Management oversee the state’s regulations pertaining to medical waste, in conjunction with OSHA. All medical waste generators are required to segregate their medical and biohazardous waste for safety and compliance, based on the following segments:
Human pathological wastes
Fluids in bulk quantities
Used and unused sharps (including those containing residual fluid)
Other regulated medical wastes
Daniels Health is the industry leader in Rhode Island for healthcare waste management
With three clean processing and waste transfer facilities skirting the borders of Rhode Island and over 10 years experience serving healthcare facilities up the North East coast, Daniels are proudly local in Rhode Island. As a company, we have a unique history and mission; we were founded 32 years ago by a man named Dan Daniels who we are still honored to call our CEO, and in over three decades we have not strayed from our mission of making healthcare safer through more innovative healthcare waste practices.
In Rhode Island, Daniels Health is one of the few companies licensed and capable of managing every waste stream generated out of a healthcare facility. We have specialized containment and disposal solutions for sharps (in fact we have the best rated containers in the world!!! Peer reviewed in five notable medical journals), regulated medical waste, trace chemotherapy, RX Pharmaceuticals and other hazardous and non hazardous wastes. All containers are deep-cleaned through specialized robotic washing technology achieving the highest-grade decontamination in the industry, and are transported in specially designed units to ensure zero cross-contamination in transport. When it comes to safety in sharps disposal and infectious waste handling, we don’t do anything by halves!
We have a point of difference in the way we serve, the way we actively drive safety change in healthcare, and the way we support our customers in the same way we support our staff – in the most empowering way possible. Through our partnership we strive to achieve:
Reduced medical waste volumes through smart segregation
Reduced costs through a total-solution offering that looks at container volumes, pickup frequencies and risk management
Safety-designed containers that protect staff and patients from sharps injuries and unauthorized retrieval of pharmaceuticals
Supporting you with local staff who can guide you in state regulations and requirements
Daniels Health can ensure your facility is always ready and compliant for OSHA’s onsite inspections. Partnering with us can help avoid unpleasant surprises and possible fines, by implementing routine steps that aid in compliance upkeep.
What is an OSHA inspection?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s role is to enforce workplace safety and healthcare compliance. OSHA takes an active role in how healthcare staff are trained and sets regulations around the proper handling of medical waste.
What to expect when being inspected
While OSHA routinely schedules visits with facilities, surprise visits from them and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management do occur. Preparation is key. OSHA inspectors are looking for compliance and adherence to guidelines associated with medical and biohazardous waste segregation and disposal.
Here are some of our top tips for a successful inspection:
Print out OSHA’s Field Operations for Inspectors. While it has been designed for inspectors, being familiar with this information improves your preparation
Have a safety management program for medical waste streams in place (along with proof of documentation)
Regularly schedule and document self-audit and maintenance programs to reduce any likelihood of compliance issues. Daniels “Compliance Portal” provides an easy way to do this and track mock audits
ALWAYS follow state and federal guidelines in regards to medical and biohazardous waste segregation and disposal. As well as choosing a reputable OSHA and EPA-compliant medical waste disposal partner to handle it
Documentation regarding the safety of the workplace environment and its employees must be immediately available and easily accessible to an OSHA investigator. This includes all safety policies and training, guidance and compliance issues. Our “Compliance Program” is an efficient way to store all of this information and easily access reports and printable employee certifications
Team up with a compliance assistance specialist like us to ensure conformity with state and federal guidelines and OSHA standards
Daniels Health understands the needs of healthcare facilities in Rhode Island. Contact us and see how we can help your facility better manage your medical and biohazardous waste disposal.
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