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12 Things to Know on How the Latest Landfill Disposal Study Stacks Up

A new report which estimates that Americans are disposing of more than double the amount of waste in landfills than data estimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in step with the recent Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) study, the group’s president says. The latest study, authored by academics from Yale University and the University of Florida, aimed to analyze current landfill gas collection with regard to potential landfill methane emissions, according to a report published in Nature Climate Change Journal. The study was compiled by Jon Powell and Julie Zimmerman of Yale University and Timothy Townsend of University of Florida.

Source: 12 Things to Know on How the Latest Landfill Disposal Study Stacks Up

Treating Medical Waste Maryland Free White Paper

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Since 1988, a lot of focus has been put on Maryland medical waste disposal, below is a great article on how this medical waste mess got started in the first place, in addition ways to improve on medical waste in your Maryland healthcare practice.

During the summer of 1988, several instances of medical wash-ups grabbed the attention of the public and Congress. The scene was one of a beautiful sunny beach. A closer look, though, revealed medical waste buried in the soft sand. The signs went up. Beach Closed. Contamination Danger. No Swimming. Congress responded by implementing the Medical Waste Treatment Act.

The Medical Waste Treatment Act

Law enacted by the US Congress to study the medical industry’s waste production, treatment, storage and disposal. The Study included several Great Lake States and New England States. Several procedures and documentation production were implemented to develop a tracking system. “The tracking system for medical wastes designates record keeping requirements for facilities that generate over 50 pounds (22.68Kg) a month of medical waste and requires the use of four-part form for any off-site shipment of medical wastes” (70 OTA).
“According to the MWTA requirements, generators must separate regulated medical wastes from general refuse, meet storage requirements (if such wastes are stored before treatment), and package regulated wastes in labeled, rigid, leak-resistant containers” (70 OTA).
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Medical Waste And Maryland Healthcare

Healthcare Workers In Maryland & Biohazard Waste

 

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Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at risk for exposure to serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases. If you work directly with patients or handle material that could spread infection, you should get appropriate vaccines to reduce the chance that you will get or spread vaccine-preventable diseases. Protect yourself, your patients, and your family members. Make sure you are up-to-date with recommended vaccines.
More: www.securewaste.net/medical-waste-blog/view/2836/vaccines-for-maryland-healthcare-workers

 

 

Reduce Medical Waste

 Need to reduce biohazard waste?

Maybe you need to save money? Engage employees in better medical waste recognition, segregation and diversion.

 

Save On Medical Waste MarylandUnderstanding, awareness and training is a primary element of a successful medical waste reduction strategy, and it depends on training employees to view your healthcare waste as not all being Biohazardous. Healthcare facilities can begin by creating a recycle-friendly environment for employees that promotes and rewards proper segregation. Start with easy-to-reach bins next to the medical waste box, that are color-coded by material that also use signage reminding everyone what goes where. Bins and signage will train and remind employees to divert waste that is not biohazardous and set for reuse or other less expensive disposal options. Read more »