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FAQ’s

  • Can MedAssure handle all my healthcare related wastes?

    Under a single source contract, MedAssure can offer services for all healthcare waste including hazardous wastes, hazardous drugs, and DEA controlled substances.

  • What can we expect from MedAssure to help us achieve our Sustainability Goals?

    The technology employed by MedAssure Services is used by healthcare facilities nationwide, ranging from large hospital systems to doctors’ offices to transform dangerous medical waste into low-volume, clean, non-infectious material that requires no further treatment and can be safely disposed of in municipal landfills. Our medical waste management process is also HIPAA compliant, protecting patient privacy and preventing possible identity theft by ensuring that all patient information on medical waste is rendered unrecognizable.

  • What are the most common OSHA blood borne pathogen violations?

    The most frequent causes behind violations of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard: 1. Outdated or non-existent exposure control plans. The OSHA standard requires you to identify employees who will receive bloodborne pathogens training, protective equipment, vaccination and other protections of the standard. Develop a plan that determines safety risks and describes work practice controls, individualize it to your workplace, and update it annually. 2. Poor documentation. Keep a sharps injury log that contains the type and brand of device involved, and an explanation of how and where incidents have occurred. Record injuries in a manner that protects the injured worker’s confidentiality. 3. Failure to use safety devices. Front line users must review and evaluate safety devices yearly. You are not required to adopt a new or different device if there is no safer alternative to what you’re currently using, but you must document the evaluation process. 4. Lack of training during working hours. You are required to conduct occupational exposure training upon hire, annually, and when new exposures are identified. If finding time for on-site training is difficult, online training is an effective alternative.

  • How does my medical waste need to be prepared before pick up?

    MedAssure supplies packaging materials, instructions and containers that comply with USDOT and state regulations. Untreated RMW must be placed in impermeable red plastic bags labeled with the universal warning sign or the word “biohazard”. Each bag must be placed in the boxes or reusable containers we provide before off-site transport. The containers must be labeled with the generators name and address.

  • How do we dispose of filled sharp containers?

    Sharp containers must be sealed when the level reached the full indication marking (line). The sharps container should be placed in a red bag and then placed in box or reusable container provide by MedAssure. The secondary container must have the generators name and address displayed on it and meets Federal and state regulations.?

  • Is X-ray fixer/developer or amalgam considered regulated medical waste?

    No. These wastes are considered hazardous wastes and are not to be confused with regulated medical waste. MedAssure will arrange for collection and disposal separately from the medical waste service.

  • Do all pharmaceuticals need to be disposed as a hazardous waste?

    In reality, only about 5% of pharmaceuticals are RCRA listed as hazardous materials or DEA controlled substances. MedAssure can put you on a program to limit the amount of pharmaceutical waste that is disposed of as hazardous or DEA material. You can achieve substantial savings by implementing our program.

  • Who is covered under OSHA’s Blood Borne Pathogens Standard?

    Anyone exposed to human blood, blood by-products, or other potentially infectious materials during their job duties. • Anyone whose job requires them to provide 1st Aid or CPR. (e.g. Health nurse, Safety manager or department) • Anyone whose job requires them to drive an injured employee or student to the hospital. (e.g., Department of Public Safety) • Anyone handling biohazardous or infectious waste. (e.g. Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) Department, Laboratory Personnel, Environmental services workers) • Anyone cleaning up spills of blood, blood by-products, or other potentially infectious material. (e.g., Facilities Services Personnel, Laboratory Personnel, EHRS)

  • Who should clean-up a spill?

    No one is to clean up a blood/body fluid spill as part of their job until they have had the blood borne pathogens training which must be updated annually and have been offered the Hepatitis B vaccine. If the spill is a hazardous material in a special use area, e.g., laboratory or storage area for chemicals or biohazardous materials, the person directly responsible for that area should make sure that it is cleaned up properly. If the spill contains blood or body fluids from an injury or incident, you should identify who in your facility is responsible for cleaning up the spill.

  • What cleaning agents can be used to clean up a blood/body fluid spill?

    OSHA states that an EPA-registered tuberculocidal disinfectant, or EPA-registered disinfectants effective against both HIV and HBV, a diluted bleach solution (solution of 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite (household bleach) diluted between 1:10 (1cup of bleach to 9 cups of water) and 1:100 (1/4 cup bleach per gallon of water) are acceptable for clean-up of a contaminated surface or item. The bleach solution should be mixed daily. However, it may be corrosive to some equipment and environmental surfaces and therefore may not be an appropriate choice for all situations. When using disinfectant products, it is required that there be strict adherence to the instructions on the label. See the List of EPA-registered disinfectants. It lists registered sterilizers, tuberculocides, and antimicrobials. List A, B, D, and diluted bleach are appropriate. The same disinfectants on these lists are often repackaged and renamed and distributed by other companies. Therefore, just look for the EPA registration # on the label.

  • Do I have to get the Hepatitis B vaccine?

    No. You may decline the vaccinations, but you do have to sign the Declination Form indicating that you do not want it. (Part II of the Hepatitis B Vaccination form) However, potentially exposed individuals may change their mind at any time and accept the vaccinations. The Hepatitis B Vaccinations are a series of 3 injections over a 6 month period. Possible side effects include: pain, itching and swelling at the vaccination site, flu-like symptoms, or an allergic reaction to the yeast component of the vaccine. These reactions were no more frequent than among those receiving a placebo (sugar water).