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Medical Waste Collection | Apex, North Carolina
Apex, North Carolina is a turn-of-a-century railroad town. It’s a small, homey place, full of southern charm. It began appearing on “best places to live” lists in the new millennium and in 2015 made it to the #1 spot (Money Magazine).
According to the 2018 census, Apex is home to an estimated 53,852, and growing!
The WakeMed Healthplex, Apex Campus provides 24 hour emergency services to the town of Apex. They provide the only level one trauma healthcare service in Wake County. They also provide imaging and laboratory services, as well as a wealth of physician offices throughout the area. Go Green Solutions, LLC is thankful for medical centers such as these because they provide work for the people in the area! All of the medical facilities in the area produce medical waste. This is where Go Green Solutions, LLC comes in! We can help these facilities not only provide state approved medical waste pick up, but also help the companies to be safe and compliant.
We are proud to proud to ensure that the local area as well as the residents are taken care of in the best way possible. Many are unaware that medical waste cannot just be disposed of in their regular trash. Our goal here at Go Green Solutions, LLC is to provide that awareness. Medical waste has infectious pathogens and viruses that can be easily spread if it were to come in contact with a human.
Included in medical waste would be for example: sharps, soaked gauze, human tissue, syringes, patient IV’s, etc. Due to the fact that Blood Borne Pathogens (BBP) are always present on the above items, it is crucial to properly dispose of them immediately after use. This is what helps prevent and stop the spread of infectious diseases and prevent contamination of sterile environments.
According to the CDC HAI Data: Found in the below link https://www.cdc.gov/hai/data/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fhai%2Fsurveillance%2Findex.html
Although significant progress has been made in preventing some healthcare-associated infection types, there is much more work to be done. On any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.
CDC publishes data reports to help track progress and target areas that need assistance. The data come from two complementary HAI surveillance systems, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and the Emerging Infections Program Healthcare-Associated Infections – Community Interface (EIP HAIC).
Go Green Solutions, LLC makes it our priority to help reduce these risks by providing necessary OSHA Compliance Training to our customers in Apex, NC.
Defining Medical Waste | Apex, North Carolina
Medical waste is waste material generated in physician offices, emergency clinics, dentists, funeral homes, veterinary clinics, long term care facilities, tattoo parlors and laboratories. According to the EPA: generally, medical waste is healthcare waste that may be contaminated by blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials and is often referred to as regulated medical waste.
If medical wastes are not properly managed and disposed of it may pose as a potential risk and hazard to humans, including health care workers, patients, pets and medical waste workers. Medical waste disposal is both a delicate and complex task, but it is essential to your business’s good name and success.
OSHA defines Regulated Waste as liquid or semi-liquid blood or other potentially infectious materials; contaminated items that would release blood or other potentially infectious materials in a liquid or semi-liquid state if compressed; items that are caked with dried blood or other potentially infectious materials and are capable of releasing these materials during handling; contaminated sharps; and pathological and microbiological wastes containing blood or other potentially infectious materials.
The State of North Carolina defines medical waste as: any solid waste which 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, but does not include any hazardous waste identified or listed pursuant to this Article, radioactive waste, household waste as defined in 40 Code of Federal Regulations 261.4(b)(1) in effect on 1 July 1989, or those substances excluded from the definition of solid waste in this section. (NCGS 130A-290(a)(17a)) For more info click here.
Congress enacted the Medical Waste Tracking Act (MWTA) of 1988. Specifically, this act, which amended the Solid Waste Disposal Act, did the following:
- Defined medical waste and established which medical wastes would be subject to program regulations.
- Established a tracking system utilizing a generator initiated tracking form.
- Required management standards for segregation, packaging, labeling and marking, and storage of the medical waste.
- Established record keeping requirements and penalties that could be imposed for mismanagement.
It is important to understand that to remain compliant your business must comply with the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Transport (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as North Carolina and local agencies.
Go Green Solutions, LLC is committed to providing a safe, low cost way to properly transport and dispose of medical waste. We offer “cradle to grave” tracking and compliance training, so that you can be at ease that your business is compliant.
New Medical Complex coming to Apex, North Carolina
Ground was broken in 2019 for a new UNC Rex location in nearby Holly Springs!
The new UNC Rex Medical Complex will service the fast-growing community of Wake County. The Raleigh-based health care organizations says that the plans for the new center began years ago and was stalled a bit as they awaited approval for the State.
According to Town Square Publications.com: “When it’s finished, the seven-story, 245,000-square-foot, $160 million hospital will be the tallest building in Holly Springs. It will include 50 in-patient acute-care beds, and a 24/7 emergency department and operating rooms. It is expected to create 275 permanent jobs” (townsquarepublications.com)
The new healthcare facility will feature nutrition classes as well as walking trails. Because of it’s connection to UNC Healthcare it will give patients in need of specialty care access to those services.
Go Green Solutions, LLC looks forward to working with you!
Please Note: All Below Content is Not The Property of Go Green Solutions, LLC. It is simply a resource courtesy of North Carolina Environmental Quality. In order to ensure the information is accurate, no content has been modified or edited: This information can be found at the following link. https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/waste-management/medical-waste
Section .1200 – Medical Waste Management Rules: Courtesy of North Carolina Environmental Quality
Medical Waste Frequently Asked Questions: Courtesy of North Carolina Environmental Quality
Guidance Document: Best Management Practices for Unused Pharmaceuticals at Health Care Facilities: Courtesy of United States
Environmental Protection Agency
Medical Waste Poster:
Medical Waste PowerPoint Presentation: Courtesy of Department of Environmental Quality
Additional Links to Other Governmental Agencies
Disposers should be aware that other agencies have additional requirements for some aspects of medical waste management. These include:
- USEPA– While medical waste disposal is not regulated by the EPA their website has useful information and links.
- OSHA– These regulations include information about labeling and packaging of medical waste.
- DOT has regulations on medical waste transport. Enter “regulated medical waste” in the search box to find the information.
- N.C. Hazardous Waste Section – Administers the RCRA Subtitle C program, which regulates some types of waste from medical facilities including some chemotherapy waste
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