What Happens to Sharps once they leave your facility?
Dec 27, 2016
Sharps are contaminated objects used in the medical field which have the potential of penetrating the skin. This means that the process for transporting and disposing of medical sharps waste is a unique challenge. Below, we’ve highlighted the process for what happens to sharps once they leave your facility.
Who Removes Sharps Waste?
When your sharps waste is ready to be disposed of, your sharps waste disposal company will arrive to transport it to an approved sharps disposal facility. Let your waste disposal company handle removing sharps waste containers from their in-office locations. The least amount of contact employees have with this type of waste the safer off they will be.
How is Sharps Waste Transported?
Proper transportation of sharps waste and other bio-hazardous waste is important for worker and public safety. This is why sharps waste is contained within a puncture-proof container and then boxed up before transportation for protection. Once loaded onto the truck, medical waste is never taken off of any BWS truck before it reaches the appropriate waste disposal facility.
How Will I Know My Sharps Waste Arrived?
Medical facilities are responsible for their own medical waste even AFTER it has left their premises. This is why partnering with a certified waste disposal company is extremely important. To ensure your waste has arrived, BWS will provide a manifest to you and then keep one with your medical waste at all times until it is properly disposed of.
How is sharps waste disposed of?
The disposal of sharps waste is done through a process called autoclaving. Autoclaving is a fancy word for sterilizing waste with steam, and it is one of the most effective methods for decontaminating sharps waste. Once sharps waste has been decontaminated, the manifest which arrived from the medical facility will be stamped and uploaded to our website for your confirmation.
You can see more of the process of how BWS picks up, transports, and disposes of bio-hazardous waste in the video below.
For more information on sharps waste disposal, or information on the disposal of other types of bio-hazardous waste, contact us today. BWS, Inc. is a Maryland waste removal company servicing Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Virginia since 1985.
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