If you own a practice that handles clinical waste, be it a clinic, a dental facility, a veterinary service, etc, it is pertinent that you have a clinical waste disposal system in place. This refers to having a proper removal company on the clock and having a well-tailored removal system in place. Below, see the different factors you should bear in mind in order to ensure that you achieve all this.
What kinds of waste do you need removed?
Different establishments generate different types of clinical waste. However, most clinical waste revolves around pharmaceutical waste, surgical tools, sharps, cytotoxic waste, sanitary waste, and anatomical waste. The kind of waste that your establishment generates will guide you in choosing a clinical waste disposal team. Obviously, you should go for a provider that has a better understanding of the type of waste you need removed.
Do you need disposal containers?
As part of your clinical waste removal, you may need to procure disposal units. These are the containers that will hold the waste in between removal intervals. In regards to clinical waste, specialised containers are needed for each type of waste. The different units are manufactured in a way that prevents spillage, cross-contamination, injury or foul smell. Identify how many disposal units you need for each type of waste and plan where to place each for easy waste collection.
What removal schedule does your facility need?
Another thing you need to evaluate when looking for a medical waste disposal provider is the frequency of the removals. That is, how often do you want the waste removed from your premises? It could be daily, twice a day, weekly, twice a week, and so forth. The ideal number will be determined by the amount of clinical waste produced by your facility and your ability to hold that waste. Because medical waste is hazardous, the more frequent the removal schedule the better.
What about recycling and waste resource management?
You may also want to think about recycling and general waste resource management. There are some types of clinical waste that can be recycled, e.g. surgical wraps and PVC containers holding non-bio matter. Some removal companies can facilitate recycling with the aim of lowering your costs. Other providers can conduct regular audits and assessments to allow you to understand your clinical waste disposal needs. This will allow you to evaluate whether you need to streamline your removal system in any way.
So as you look for a clinical waste disposal provider, bear these important factors in mind. They should help you to come up with the best removal service in regards to your needs.