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Cheat Sheet: Your Medical Waste Compliance Checklist

ENVIROMERCIA_Cheat_Sheet_Your_Medical_Waste_Compliance_ChecklistIf you’re running a medical practice or healthcare facility, you know that you have to answer to OSHA, HIPPA, and the DOT for all things related to the medical waste your facility generates and disposes of.

At the end of the year, when things are coming to a close and you’re ready to ramp up for the following season, your medical waste strategy is probably part of that conversation. You may be asking yourself, and your team, things like:

Did everyone receive the training they should have?

Is everyone confident with their medical waste management roles?

Have we forgotten anything?

Being proactive instead of reactive is crucial when it comes to medical waste management and safety training compliance.

Here is your end-of-year checklist to help your organization stay on track, and ensure that every piece of the puzzle has been taken care of.

  1. Have you updated your safety data sheet? If you’ve made any changes throughout the year, they need to be reflected in your data sheets. Are you using a new chemical? Make sure it’s on there.
  2. Is your infection prevention and control plan still 100% accurate and applicable?
  3. Are there any old or unused chemicals laying around? Check your inventory and properly dispose of anything that no longer serves a purpose.
  4. Have all your employees received their annual OSHA training for bloodborne pathogens?
  5. Is your business associate agreement updated and reflective of the current landscape? Is an agreement in place with all vendors that have access to private information and data?
  6. Is your patient privacy notice current and still aligned with what your lawyer says you need?
  7. Have all employees received their annual privacy training, per HIPPA regulations?
  8. Have all employees involved in packaging and shipping medical waste received their DOT training? Remember, you only have 90 days from their hire date for their initial training, and it’s got to be done again every 3 years.
  9. Is all signage in biohazardous storage areas current and in good condition? If not, you need to replace and update all applicable signs.
  10. Are you satisfied with your current medical waste management and safety training partner? If not, it’s time to research your options. You need a trusted partner who will ensure your facility has everything they need to not only remain compliant, but optimize the entire medical waste management system.

When it comes to staying compliant with the DOT, OSHA, HIPPA, and any state regulations, there’s a lot you need to know. One important thing to remember is that you’re not being compliant for the sake of being compliant. All of these rules are in place for a very good reason. Your staff, your patients, your community, and the environment depend on medical facilities to follow these best practices so that everyone is kept safe.

It can seem like a lot, but it doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. With the right medical waste disposal company and compliance training partner, your practice, your patients, and your employees will stay safe.

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