Regulatory Compliance Resources For Individual States Regarding Medical Waste Regulations Each state is held liable for their compliance in regards to the regulation of medical
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Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and is the second largest city in the state. Most of Raleigh is in Wake County and has many satellite cities and suburbs. According to visistraleigh.com it has a population of 469,298. Known as the “city of oaks” Raleigh hasn’t lost it’s charm with over 9,000 acres of parkland. The city boast with art, culture, history and shopping. The Raleigh area is home to wealth of hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities. One of the largest medical groups within Wake County is UNC Rex Healthcare. The health group has over 6,000 staff members, making it one of the largest employers in the region. Founded over 100 years ago, the group has expanded to include dedicated specialty centers, acute care centers, emergency care, long term care and surgical centers. Due to the size of the facility itself, there are large amounts of medical waste produced. That is why Go Green Solutions, LLC is blessed to service the Raleigh “triangle”; ensuring 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 Raleigh, NC.
Good Health Program History | Raleigh, North Carolina
In the 1940’s the United States Public Health Service and The American Hospital Association began a campaign for greater expansion and distribution of healthcare. In 1947 The Good Health Campaign began in North Carolina. This campaign was prompted by a survey report that stated North Carolina had 33 counties with no hospital facilities and 39 of those that did, did not provide healthcare to African Americans (“The Good Health Campaign of North Carolina” p. 7)
This commission recommended a state funded, four year medical school, loans for students and $5,000,000 to build and enlarge medical centers. In 1945 legistlation passed a bill that established the North Carolina Medical Care Commission, which still regulates most healthcare faclities in the state today. For the next several years the “tar-heel state” focused on improving, regulating and educating the public on healthcare, drastically improving health in North Carolina.
Because of this and other efforts healthcare is now better than ever and North Carolina continues to discover and improve the health for all.
Healthcare Today | Raleigh, North Carolina
North Carolina Public Health has established the “Healthy NC 2020“, a health improvement plan. According to the US overall healthcare rankings: North Carolina ranks 33rd among US states. The Healthy NC 2020 plan seeks to make North Carolina one of the healthiest states in the country.
According the their website North Carolina Public Health stares: “Health improvement efforts will focus on reducing and preventing chronic diseases and injuries. Chronic diseases and injuries are responsible for more than two-thirds of all deaths in North Carolina, or about 65,000 deaths each year. Cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease make up the top five causes of death in the state1” (publichealth.nc.gov, 2019)
The plan has 40 different objectives and a place to sign the resolution online.
You can find more information and sign the resolution by going here: https://publichealth.nc.gov/hnc2020/resolution.asp
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.
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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