At BWS, we have specialized in managing regulated medical waste (RMW) for 45 years, with over a century of combined experience. Regulated medical waste, also referred to as biomedical, biohazardous or infectious waste contains dangerous or harmful properties that have a negative impact on human health or the environment. Infectious and potentially dangerous regulated waste can be blood, body fluids or parts from humans or research animals, contaminated sharps, and trace chemotherapy, among a variety of other types. Comprehensive regulations set forth by the EPA and other government agencies, including federal and state level, have implemented stringent guidelines waste generators, transporters, and processors must comply with to manage regulated waste safely.
Generators that produce regulated waste range from doctors, dentists, hospitals, and veterinarians, to tattoo shops, government agencies, laboratories, and funeral homes. It is the responsibility of the generator to oversee the proper disposal of their regulated waste, even once it leaves their facility. That’s why it’s important to partner with a fully compliant and reliable company like us at BWS. We partner with over 8,000 clients each month in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas providing routine and on-call regulated waste service that fits the needs of our clients.
Biohazardous waste, also referred to as biomedical or infectious waste is a special type of regulated waste commonly generated in the medical industry and contains infectious materials or potentially infectious substances. These infectious and contaminated agents or materials are a threat to public health and the environment. Biohazardous waste is dangerous, therefore strictly regulated, and must be disposed of properly to prevent exposure or injury. At BWS, we specialize in handling, transporting, and treating biohazardous waste.
Common Biohazardous waste includes, but not limited to:
For services or facilities that provide chemotherapy treatments, commonly used P-list and U-list substances are highly toxic and dangerous. If disposed of improperly, these wastes may cause irreparable damage to natural resources. The EPA mandates that chemotherapy waste must be separated, properly packaged and labeled, and required to be disposed of in special containers. At BWS, we have expert knowledge and experience safely handling, transporting, and disposing the various types chemotherapy waste.
Trace chemotherapy waste generally includes empty vials, bags, IV tubes, and other items that used to contain chemotherapy drugs, but now qualify as “RCRA empty.” To qualify as “trace”, all removable contents must be eliminated with less than 3% of the former volume left. This also includes items generated in the preparation and administration of antineoplastic/cytotoxic drugs, such as gloves or gowns that are not visibly contaminated. If the applicable criteria are met, then this waste can be considered trace waste and can be managed as regulated medical waste and disposed of in special containers. Otherwise, it should be managed as hazardous waste.
Bulk chemotherapy waste usually includes items that used to contain chemotherapy agents and that don’t qualify as “RCRA empty”, such as full bags or bottles, and P-listed chemo drugs. Other types of bulk waste include materials used to clean up chemo spills and visibly contaminated protective equipment.
RCRA waste requires specialized containment to ensure compliant disposal. Our hazardous waste division at BWS works with each client to provide the correct containers and the most effective collection, transport, and disposal options available.
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Pathological waste is a very common type of medical waste generated by hospitals, surgical centers, healthcare and medical research and testing facilities, as well as biotech companies, veterinarians, and mortuaries. However, specific handling and disposal procedures to properly identify, segregate from typical medical waste, label and treat pathological waste are required to maintain compliance with local, state, and federal laws. Partnering with us at BWS, ensures safe, reliable, and compliant handling, transporting, and disposal of pathological waste.
Types of Pathological Waste can include:
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