Do you run a facility that generates medical waste? According to Enviromerica, anything that contains bodily fluids or tissues is classified as medical waste. It's important to ensure that this kind of waste is disposed of properly. There are steps taken during the disposal process to eliminate risk towards humans and the environment. This blog will describe the medical waste disposal process so you know why it's important to get rid of it properly.
The first thing that is done before disposing of medical waste is treating or disinfecting it. Here are some methods used to disinfect and treat medical waste:
The short answer is no. Even after being treated and disinfected, medical waste is put into what's called a “sanitary landfill.” These are landfills that receive waste that is sealed off from the rest of the environment. The waste will only be considered safe when it has been completely degraded biologically, physically, and chemically.
There are four requirements that govern landfills for medical waste disposal. First, there must be no water leakage to avoid contamination of public water. Second, local environmental engineers must be part of the planning and building of the sanitary landfill. Apart from that, there must be full-time staff working and supervising the landfill. Finally, the waste that goes to these sites should be compacted and fully covered at all times. This will ensure that the waste doesn't end up being taken by animals or blown away when there are heavy winds.
These are some of the processes used to dispose of medical waste. Are you looking for a medical waste disposal partner? Get in touch with our team today and we will assist with medical waste treatment and disposal.