At Excel Medical Waste we provide our customers with an efficient solution tailored to managing medical waste disposal needs. Our goals are to provide you with the highest level of service and the comfort of knowing your medical waste is managed and disposed of in a safe, responsible and environmentally conscious manner.
What is Medical Waste?
The Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988 defines medical waste as “any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment, or immunization of human beings or animals, in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals”.
Who generates Medical or Biohazard Waste?
Medical waste originates from a wide range of healthcare facilities including:
- Surgery centers
- Physician offices
- Dental offices
- Nursing homes
- Government and military agencies
- Dialysis centers
- Veterinary clinics
- Blood banks
- Funeral homes
- Pharmaceutical manufacturers
Lesser known sources, such as schools, universities, theme parks, casinos and tattoo parlors also contribute to biohazard waste generation.
Types of Medical Waste?
Regulated Medical Waste
Regulated Medical Waste is waste generated by health care activities. This includes
- used needles and syringes
- soiled dressings,
- body parts
- diagnostic laboratory samples.
Biohazard Waste is very similar to regulated medical waste. This waste also includes items contaminated with blood and other potentially infectious material, but it is generated outside the medical community. Biohazard waste is regulated for disposal. Click here for more information.
Trace Chemotherapy Waste
Trace Chemotherapy waste is made up of items used in the preparation and administration of antineoplastic or cytotoxic drugs (chemotherapy) such as:
- empty vials
Chemotherapy medication that is P Listed or any container that has been used in the storage and administration of the P Listed medication cannot be treated as trace chemo.
Chemotherapy pharmaceuticals that are U Listed can be treated as Trace Chemo if no more than 3% of its original weight by volume is remaining, at this point it is considered “RCRA empty” and can be disposed as trace chemotherapy waste in an appropriately marked yellow container.
Pathological waste consists of recognizable human derived tissues, organs, and body parts as well as vertebrate animal derived tissues, organs, and body parts used in research.
Pharmaceutical waste is a very complex waste stream. It is generated through a wide variety of activities in a healthcare facility. Pharmaceutical waste includes, but not limited to:
- Partially used vials (safety caps removed)
- Un-dispensed medication
- Pre-filled syringes
- Pre-instilled IVs
- Patients’ personal medications
- Hospital repacks
- Outdated or discontinued pharmaceuticals
- General compounding
- Physician RX samples
Complying with these regulations is no easy task; pharmaceutical waste needs to be segregated into the appropriate category so it is disposed of in full compliance with all state and federal regulations.
Pharmaceutical waste can be categorized into Non-RCRA pharmaceutical, RCRA Hazardous (www.epa.gov/epawaste/index.htm) and DEA Controlled.
What types of containers are used?
Excel provides corrugated, disposable cardboard boxes to our medical waste customers. Our boxes are industry compliant and incinerator-safe. Each box has a large 6 inch Biohazard label on the side to be in compliance with regulations. Each box measures 18 x 15 x 20.
Our reusable containers have been specifically designed for the safe transport of medical waste from your facility to the point of disposal. We offer two sizes of containers: 28 gallon and 96 gallon. All containers satisfy state regulations and all federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Our containers are color coded to allow for easy identification for your employees.
Poor management of health care waste potentially exposes health care workers, waste handlers, patients and the community at large to infection, toxic effects and injuries, and risks polluting the environment. It is essential all medical waste materials are segregated at the point of generation, appropriately treated and disposed of safely.