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Medway is an exceptional choice for your medical and infectious waste. We not only meet, but also exceed all state and federal standards. Treatment of medical waste constitutes a method for rendering it noninfectious prior to disposal in a landfill or solid-waste site. Medical waste is designated as all waste materials generated at health care facilities such as: hospitals, clinics, dental practices, physician offices, blood banks, veterinary facilities, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. It is vital for businesses to decrease the risk of disease transmission with safe and proper disposal methods. Medway utilizes an incineration method with an autoclave machine that is also environmentally friendly, with a 0.0% pollutant free emission. Our staff will uphold our high standards of efficient, clean and successful removal and reduce any risk at your workplace.
DEFINING 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 of testing of biologicals.” Medway safely disposes of: blood soaked bandages, culture dishes and other glassware, discarded surgical gloves, discarded surgical instruments, discarded needles used to give shots or draw blood (medical sharps), cultures, stocks, swabs used to inoculate cultures, removed body organs, and discarded lancets. Medical waste is subdivided into four categories: infectious, hazardous, radioactive, and other general wastes. As a leader in the collection, treatment and disposal of medical and biohazardous waste, we help ensure maximum infection control throughout the entire process. The Medway Medical Waste Disposal Service provides complete custody documentation, which is essential for accountability and regulatory compliance of biohazardous materials.
We provide all necessary containers, then pick them up and safely treat and dispose of the medical waste. Our Route Managers are trained to carry out their responsibilities discreetly, without interrupting your operation. Our regulated medical waste disposal program is offered throughout the greater Chicago area and pickup schedules are flexible. We also provide staff training and education to help you protect your employees and reduce your risk.
DEFINING INFECTIOUS WASTE
Infectious waste is defined as solid waste that contains pathogens with sufficient virulence and in sufficient quantity that exposure of a susceptible human or animal to the solid waste could cause the human or animal to contract an infectious disease. The EPA estimates that infectious waste constitutes only 10-15% of all medical waste, but the potential hazard is staggering. There are several items considered infectious, including: sharps, syringes, scalpel blades, broken glass, slides, broken glass or rigid plastic vials, bulk blood or body fluids, cultures, human tissue and animal bulk blood or body fluids from an animal carrying a zoonotic agent like rabies, anthrax or tuberculosis. Medway is committed to reducing risk and keeping your work environment safe for both customers and employees with our range of containers and flexible pick-up schedules.
The CDC estimates that over 800,000 accidental needle sticks occur each year among healthcare workers. Medway is committed to helping keep people safe from accidental needle sticks through our sharps disposal services. We provide sharps disposal services and containers for hospitals, MDs, DDS, communities and home sharps users.
LIABILITY OF MERCURY
Mercury, or quicksilver, is one of the most useful and also one of the most deadly heavy metals found in our daily lives. Recent studies have connected exposure to Mercury with increased risk of heart attack in men and to neurological disorders in children. Regulation of this threat to the environment and to living things occurs at the state, local and federal levels. Laws including the EPA enforcement of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) need to be strictly adhered to. Proper disposal of universal waste includes Mercury containing lamps, batteries, and medical and electrical equipment and devices.