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Medical Waste Disposal in Grand Rapids

Medical Waste Disposal in Grand Rapids. When you think of medical waste, it is probably of blood-stained bandages, needles, and other unsterile items. While these items are a part of the medical waste stream and cannot be sterilized or reused, there are several categories of waste that do not fall into this category. Other types of non-sterile medical waste include expired medication, pathological waste, cultures and stocks, suture kits containing remnants from surgery, discarded surgical drapes and gowns, and hazardous pharmaceutical waste. With so many different types of waste coming from the operating room or clinic, it’s important for healthcare facilities to establish procedures for handling and disposing of all types of medical waste safely and efficiently.

What is Medical Waste?

Medical Waste in Michigan is defined as any of the following, Cultures and stocks of infectious agents and associated biologicals, including laboratory waste, biological production wastes, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, culture dishes, and related devices. Liquid human and animal waste, including blood and blood products and body fluids, but not including urine or materials stained with blood or body fluids. Pathological waste. Sharps. Contaminated wastes from animals that have been exposed to agents infectious to humans, these being primarily research animals. Infectious or Infectious agent means a pathogen that is sufficiently virulent so that if a susceptible host is exposed to the pathogen in an adequate concentration and through a portal of entry, the result could be transmission of disease to a human.

Why is Medical Waste Disposal important?

Medical waste can be a danger to humans and the environment if it is not disposed of properly. Medical waste can contain pathogenic substances that may be harmful to humans. Improper disposal of medical waste can lead to infections, disease, and even death. The cost of poor medical waste disposal can be extremely high. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states “A vigorous enforcement and compliance program is necessary to protect our air and water, and to keep communities safe from environmental hazard and harm. President Biden’s Executive Order 14008 calls on EPA, through the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), to “strengthen enforcement of environmental violations with disproportionate impact on underserved communities.

Some real life examples of the EPA enforcement results for 2021 including Criminal Enforcement can be found on the EPA’s Website here.

How is Medical Waste Disposal Regulated?

Medical Waste is regulated on Federal, and State levels. The agencies involved typically include DOT for the transportation of medical waste, OSHA for the handling and safety of workers who have occupational exposure, State EPA and/or Health Department offices for the proper storage, treatment, and final disposal of medical waste.

The Best Option for Medical Waste Disposal

Medical waste can be produced in many businesses not only in healthcare but also in veterinary offices, tattoo shops, body piercing businesses, and medical spas or “Med-Spas” just to name a few. If your business produces medical waste, hiring a company that’s business is disposing of medical waste as their only job, makes sense.

You will want to find a company that handles your waste stream from “cradle-to-grave” meaning they directly employ the drivers that come into your office, they equip and own the trucks that pickup your medical waste to safely haul it to the treatment plant, and they own the treatment plant that makes your medical waste non-infectious. A majority of medical waste companies simply haul medical waste from point A to point B, to find a true medical waste disposal company be sure to ask a few questions, do you directly employ the drivers, is it your own company branded trucks picking up my waste, do you treat medical at your company owned facility.

At Bio-MED we have been providing medical waste disposal services for over 25 years, we directly employ the drivers, we own the trucks, and we have our own treatment plant. Contact us today for a quote in minutes, by us owning the entire process, we are able to offer quality services at competitive prices.

Grand Rapids, MI About

Grand Rapids is a city in the state of Michigan. The city has a population of 198,917 which ranks it as the second most-populated city in the state after Detroit.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan Resources

Grand Rapids, City Hall

300 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 456-3000

Grand Rapids Police

1 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 456-3400

Grand Rapids Fire

1002 Chester St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 456-3900

Health Department

700 Fuller Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 632-7100

Public Works

1045 Wealthy St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 632-7920

Chamber of Commerce

250 Monroe Ave NW #150
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 771-0300

Grand Rapids, Michigan Interesting Information

Situated along the Grand River approximately 25 miles east of Lake Michigan, it is the economic and cultural hub of West Michigan, as well as one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest. A historic furniture manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is home to five of the world’s leading office furniture companies and is nicknamed “Furniture City.” Other nicknames include “River City” and more recently, “Beer City” adopted by the city as a brand. The city and surrounding communities are economically diverse, based in the health care, information technology, automotive, aviation, and consumer goods manufacturing industries, among others.

Michigan Medical Waste Disposal Service Area

Bio-MED services the entire state of Michigan including the following cities for medical waste disposal.

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