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To help staff and patients understand your regulations and remind them to make the proper choices, post signage throughout the facility indicating the sorts of waste that can be placed in each container.
Fremont, CA: The costs of medical waste removal can quickly add up if you are being careless. The simplest way to cut your medical waste disposal costs is to decrease the amount of garbage you generate. This can be accomplished by being familiar with existing regulations and putting in place correct processes and routines. Here are five ways to minimize medical waste:
Create a formal waste disposal management plan
The foundation of your company's medical waste disposal strategy is your written waste management plan. Organizations that avoid confusion by following written plans are significantly more likely to keep expenses low. Companies that depend on the past knowledge of their staff are more likely to incur additional costs.
Offer thorough, consistent employee training
Investing time and energy into educating your employees, both new and current is just as vital as having a well-written, up-to-date plan. Set aside time to assist them in reviewing the plan, assessing their understanding, and asking questions. Ensure that you explain why each aspect of the plan is important. Finally, to demonstrate the impact of these rules, assign costs to policies.
Post strategic signage
To help staff and patients understand your regulations and remind them to make the proper choices, post signage throughout the facility indicating the sorts of waste that can be placed in each container. When it comes to lowering medical disposal costs, small reminders like these can go a long way.
Create physical separation between different waste bins and color-code containers
By keeping your red bag waste container separate from your solid waste collection bin, you may drastically avoid human mistakes. This may appear to be a minor change, but it can significantly impact your bottom line.
Color-coding your garbage bins, like strategically placed containers, can also make a huge difference.
Restrict access whenever possible
Avoid putting medical waste containers in patient-accessible places as much as possible. Instead, provide a small container for medical garbage and a larger container for ordinary waste if there is no other option.