According to the Medical Waste Management Act of 2017, ALL MEDICAL WASTE shall be disposed of in red bags, except in one case.
And don’t take my word for it.
Section 117630 of the Medical Waste Management Act defines the color of biohazard waste bags:
(c) The color of the bag shall be red, EXCEPT when yellow bags are used to further segregate trace chemotherapy waste and white bags are used to further segregate pathology waste. The biohazard bag shall be marked with the international biohazard symbol and may be labeled by reference as authorized by the USDOT.”Medical Waste Management Act
Put simply, all medical waste goes in red bags. All sharps must be disposed of in the proper sharp-containers. For chemo, your office can separate chemotherapy waste from your other hazardous waste.
For example, an oncology office may have up to 3 bags: red, yellow, and white.
✔ Red is for all medical waste
✔ Yellow is for trace chemotherapy waste
✔ White is used to further segregate pathology waste.
If you are in a jurisdiction outside the purview of the Medical Waste Management Act, you can read more about international medical waste disposal guidelines. If you operate within the EU, then generally all your waste will go in yellow bags, with the option to further segregate waste into brown bags. EU biohazard waste management guidelines are similar to the US, but with different color bags.
All types of medical waste must be disposed of in the right hazardous trash bags. Segregating medical waste allows medical staff to handle the waste easily and send the right items to the right disposal. Moreover, this is a great environmental practice that prevents the spread of diseases.
Dispose of Medical Waste Correctly
Follow these 3 easy and simple steps:
- Dispose of medical waste in the correct bag
- Label the bag
- Place bag in a biohazardous waste receptacle
Bags of biohazard waste cannot be stored on the floor. Proper receptacles are required by law.
Did you know that biohazardous waste can pose a threat to the environment? Proper usage of BioHazard Waste Bags are an important part of medical and healthcare fields. Without proper disposal, your dental office or other health care facility is at risk of violating the law. Improper disposal leads to fines and a loss of patient trust.
The Medical Waste Management Act of 2017 provides legal guidelines for the disposing of medical waste.
Were you aware of the challenges facing in-home nurses? In 2018, the NIH found that 54% of in-home nurses want Hazardous Waste Disposal Training. Meanwhile, proper hazardous waste disposal education reached only 8% of in-home nurses.
Without the proper disposal of medical waste, everyone is put at risk. Thankfully, Medical Waste Management is simple.
Improper disposal of medical waste can result in increased health risks, including:
- Used syringes on the seashores
- Infectious blood contaminating landfills, rivers, soil
- Pathogens contaminating air
- Animals sickened after exposure to medical waste
- Sharp objects can cause injuries, infections
Also Consider Biohazard Specimen Transport Bags
When you need to take a biohazard sample from point A to point B, you need specialized pouches to do the job right.
Great for labs to keep specimens safe during transport to testing. Read more about biohazard transport bags
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