Medical waste removal is a necessary component of hospital life, best served by a medical courier service like Capital Express. Hospitals have medical waste in the form of bodily fluids, organs and tissues, syringes, gauze and bandages, surgical gloves and used instruments, and anything else that has been tainted with blood or fluids. Instead of just tossing them in the trash as a common household does, hospitals are regulated by Federal and State mandates for the proper disposal of contaminated items. Medical courier services have trained their employees on the proper procedures for handling and transporting medical waste, including the federal and state paperwork required to track the waste from its source to its destination.
The Federal Government has appointed OSHA (United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to administer the requirements for medical waste disposal. Examples of these requirements are that contaminated needles must be placed in a container that is puncture proof, leak proof, must be color coded and labeled and must not be accessible in a way that a person could be punctured while handling the container. The labels must be adhered to the container in a way that makes them very difficult to remove. The labels themselves must be fluorescent orange, with the labeling in large letters and contrasting color. Each medical product has a different procedure and requirement for the disposal of the article.
Along with the container types and the labeling information, the Department of Transportation regulates the tracking paperwork for the disposal of medical waste. The medical courier service is responsible for completing a tracking document that details the nature and magnitude of waste being removed. The tracking documents must be signed by both the shipper and the recipient of the medical waste. The signature verifies the correct procedures have been followed in packaging the waste, marking, and labeling the waste according to the DOT regulations.