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How Do You Transport Waste from the Hospital?


The medical waste management industry can be confusing considering the many different types of potential medical waste. They come with different rules with regards to how they should be disposed of properly which makes it even more complicated. And the real struggle comes from the fact that mishandling them can be dangerous.

In transporting waste from the hospital, these important factors must be taken into consideration.

1.    Proper Medical Waste Container

Medical-related wastes must only be transported in DOT (Department of Transportation) approved containers. These containers must also be taped and properly sealed before shipment. And aside from packing the waste according to the weight restrictions, these containers must be stored in a dry and secure area, too, while waiting for pickup.

2.    Proper Packaging

It’s also crucial that the medical-related wastes be identified accurately. This will determine how the package should be handled and shipped.

For example, contaminated needles, syringes, and other sharp objects must be placed in puncture-resistant containers. This is to avoid anyone from getting in contact with these hazardous wastes.

3.    Proper Paperwork

Before getting all regulated waste transported, a properly filled out bill of lading must be secured. Inaccurate or missing information will become the generator’s liability.

For hazardous waste such as pharmaceutical waste, on the other hand, a hazardous waste manifest must be provided instead of the bill of lading.

For everyone’s safety, it’s a must that only certified waste management companies handle and transport waste from the hospital. These wastes must be shipped to a proper treatment facility and only certified waste management companies understand the safety and legal policies involved in the process.