Medical & Biohazardous Waste Disposal in Washington
Named after George Washington, the “Evergreen State” is the birthplace of major corporations such as Costco, Starbucks, Amazon and Boeing, today it’s home to the headquarters of Microsoft, Nintendo and T-Mobile.
There is more to Washington than its multinational juggernauts. Away from the bustling business hubs of the state’s capital Olympia and cities like Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Vancouver, is a world of natural wonders. Littered through Puget Sound are the San Juan Islands, mostly accessible by ferry, each island is an eclectic mix of parks, galleries and amazing seafood restaurants. You many also spot a marine local on your travels – the orca whale. Back on land, a trip to Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument is perfect for climbing and hiking. Mount Rainier, also known as Mount Tacoma is part of the Cascade Mountains, just south of Seattle and makes the ideal scenic drive.
Olympic National Park encompasses the Hoh Rain Forest, coastal beaches and snow capped mountains. Here you can see the giant confers hugged by green moss, experience the wildflowers at Hurricane Ridge or take a soak in the Sol Duc Hot Springs. Washington has a strong economic footprint, generated from a number of key industries including aerospace, agriculture and life science/global health, which is anchored by leading institutions such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In addition to this it houses one of the largest biotech clusters in the US.
While these innovations are taking place, there is a need for by-products such as medical and biohazdous waste to be managed accordingly.
Washington has a very specific approach to the management of these waste streams. There are 39 counties in the state, each of them with their own Department of Health to dictate these requirements in addition to the regulations set by the Washington Department of Ecology and OSHA. In Washington medical waste or any waste with the potential to be infectious is referred to as “biomedical waste.” There is also reference to “communicable disease waste” otherwise known as “biosafety level 4 disease waste,” a category specific to Washington that many other states haven’t explicitly outlined in their regulations. Additionally, in Washington some medical wastes are considered to be hazardous and biomedical. An example of this could be a partially administered IV bag, still containing a P or U listed chemotherapy drug. Under Washington regulations this is both infectious and hazardous. Lastly, Washington’s regulations require all medical waste generators to segregate and treat their waste prior to disposal. Any generators who treat on-site are required to obtain a permit from the health department.
32 years of managing healthcare waste has made us an expert in this space.
Daniels Health is one of the most established medical waste management companies in North America; with the second largest service footprint and infrastructure, world-leading containment solutions for all wastestreams including RCRA, chemotherapy and pharmaceutical waste, and a team of qualified experts trained to drive clinical outcomes in healthcare waste management – we know a thing or two about doing things differently! Total healthcare management for Washington healthcare facilities executed in a way that protects our customers’ brand, delivers the highest standards of local service, and provides an exceptional partnership.
Let Daniels Health run a “Waste Audit” for your facility. We want to partner with you to drive sustainable and compliant results in your biomedical waste disposal.
How does the Daniels waste audit process work?
Once a biohazardous waste stream is identified, the containers in a designated area of your facility will be “tagged” so they are easily recognized when they arrive at our facility. Each container is tracked to a location by barcode and containers are weighed upon disembarkation. Container contents are analyzed and photographed to indicate proper and improper segregation by waste stream, and trend-like exceptions are noted against each location for corrective action.
Using waste audits to improve your waste segregation potential
We implement solutions using the results of the audit to provide an in-depth insight into your facility’s waste segregation behaviors. Based on your audit, the Daniels team can facilitate a plan that includes training to educate staff on proper segregation and correct hazardous waste disposal methods to minimize compliance risks.
When your facility is equipped with the correct segregation solutions and education, especially around heavily regulated waste streams such as sharps, RMW and RCRA waste, not only do you immediately reduce your risk of staff injury and hefty fines for non-compliance, you cut costs by only paying for the waste disposal required, while lessening your environmental footprint.
Daniels Health understands the needs of healthcare facilities in Washington. Contact us and see how we can help your facility better manage your medical and biohazardous waste disposal.
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