The Daniels Difference

 

  • We provide medical waste containers designed by clinicians for clinicians! 
     
  • All containers sanitized through a world-leading robotic washing / decontamination process. 
     
  • It is our drivers and our trucks that will service your facility, no third party hauler risk
     
  • We are up front with our costs and transparent with our contracts 
     
  • Scheduling that supports your practice – you pay only for what you need
     
  • Eliminate disposal-related needlestick injuries with our advanced sharps safety systems 
     
  • Eliminate the purchase, disposal costs and landfill of one-time-use disposable containers

Solutions

  • Regulated Medical Waste Services 
     
  • Biohazardous Sharps Services 
     
  • Pharmaceutical Waste Services 
     
  • Chemotherapy and Hazardous Waste Services 
     
  • Onsite and online compliance and education

 

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:

  1. Print out OSHA’s Field Operations for Inspectors. While it has been designed for inspectors, being familiar with this information improves your preparation
  2. Have a safety management program for medical waste streams in place (along with proof of documentation)
  3.  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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.

 

855 251 2655         Request a quote      

 

 

Rhode Island State Resources & Requirements

Rhode Island EPA

5 Post Office Square - Suite 100

Providence, RI 02109-3912

888 372 7341

Department of Health

3 Capitol Hill

Providence, RI 02908

401 222 5960

Waste Classification

In Rhode Island, Regulated medical waste is any waste generated in the diagnosis (including testing and laboratory analysis), treatment, (e.g., provision of medical services), or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the preparation of human remains for burial or cremation, or in the production or testing of biologicals, or in the development of pharmaceuticals. Regulated medical waste shall also include certain waste that is generated in any process where it is likely to have come in contact with human blood or body fluids. Regulated medical wastes mixed with non-hazardous solid wastes shall be considered regulated medical wastes.

Storage Requirements

Rhode Island state requirements mandate:

Regulated medical waste shall be stored in a manner and location which maintains the integrity of the packaging and provides protection from flooding and from adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, ice, sleet, hail, and wind. All areas used for the storage of regulated medical waste shall be constructed of finished materials that are impermeable to moisture and capable of being easily maintained in a sanitary condition. On-site storage areas shall be restricted to authorized personnel, and outdoor storage areas that contain regulated medical waste shall be securely locked in order to prevent unauthorized access.

Regulated medical waste shall be stored in a manner that prevents access by, and does not provide a breeding place or a food source for, insects, rodents, or other animals, and shall be clearly identified as containing regulated medical waste through the posting of universal biohazard signs or signs containing the following wording: MEDICAL WASTE or REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE. Regulated medical waste shall be maintained in a non-putrescent state, and total storage volume shall not exceed fifty pounds or seven calendar days, whichever condition shall allow storage for the longer period of time. The seven day storage period begins on the date the container was filled or was no longer used for collection at the point of generation. 

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