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It is highly likely that as healthcare facilities follow and employ proper health waste management, there will be less incident reports of health workers suffering accidents at work.
FREMONT, CA: Any toxic and contagious waste is classified as biomedical waste, also known as hospital waste. It may be in a liquid state, like blood and bodily fluids, or a solid-state, like sharps and wrapping, used bandages, or even human body tissue. Both hospital workers and non-employees are at risk from improper biomedical waste management. That is why many agencies, such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), enforce stringent waste management protocols. Apart from health concerns, there are other explanations why these organizations should ensure that their biowaste is treated correctly. Here are three benefits of proper biomedical waste handling:
Prevents Illegal Trading of Used Medical Tools
The illegal selling of used medical equipment and supplies is one of the worrying issues being addressed by properly treating hospital waste. This case is well-known since the use of discarded syringes is a regular occurrence.
The health risks associated with the use of syringes and needles are the primary sources of disease transmission. Used syringes and needles are tainted with an unknown material, leading to the transmission of various diseases if they are reused.
Minimal Injury Reports
It is highly likely that as healthcare facilities follow and employ proper health waste management, there will be less incident reports of health workers suffering accidents at work. Every year, 300,000 needlestick and other sharps-related injuries occur among healthcare workers in the United States alone. This is alarming because needlestick injuries can lead to a variety of health problems. However, with proper waste management and control, this is addressed, and reports are eventually reduced.
DecreaseIn the Occurrence of Fatal Diseases
Infections and diseases spread by infectious medical devices, such as HIV/AIDS, sepsis, and other diseases, will be prevented if hospitals and other healthcare institutions understand how to dispose of biowaste properly. To sustain such practices in hospitals, research centers, labs, and even clinics for humans and animals, proper training in hospital waste management is needed.