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Medical Waste Service Agreements

When communicating with customers about medical waste services, one of the first questions that is always asked is “What is disposal service going to cost?”.  This is obviously an important consideration of any purchase decision and the answer depends on different factors which involve the frequency of service, volume of wastes disposed of, and the […]

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Common Medical Waste Management Mistakes

The proper management of medical waste can be a complicated process, but an extremely necessary one for any facility generating these regulated materials.  Not only can the improper handling and disposal of medical waste expose patients, healthcare providers, the public, and medical waste service providers to hazardous materials, but it can also result in serious […]

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Medical Waste Mail Back Systems

If your facility generates a small volume of clinical waste or is located in rural Alaska, you might find that best disposal solution for these materials involves your mailbox.  Consider the use of USPS-authorized medical waste mail back systems as a cost effective, compliant, and efficient disposal option for wastes generated at your practice.  Through these mail back […]

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Medical Waste Pathogens

In 1991, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard to protect workers from the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/Aids) and the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV).  While protection from these specific viruses is of great importance, these two examples represent a portion of the […]

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Medical Waste Reduction at Your Practice

It seems counter intuitive, but has your medical waste service provider ever made efforts to help you with medical waste reduction at your practice?  Chances are your current provider hasn’t and that is largely because the more waste you generate, the more your current provider is able to charge. Many practices increase their medical waste […]

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Why Choose a Locally Owned Business?

Now, more than ever, the support of Alaskan owned and operated businesses has the opportunity to provide mitigating impacts on the current softening of our state’s economy.  If you need to purchase a product or service and are faced with the option of buying from a locally owned business or from a large, national firm, […]

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Medical Waste Disposal Best Practices

The medical waste industry is very complex and dynamic. With so many different types of medical waste, different rules and regulations from federal, state, and local entities, it can quickly become challenge managing all requirements.  Compounding this is the fact that improper management of this waste stream can result in meaningful impacts to both the […]

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Alaska Medical Waste Regulations

Alaska medical waste regulations are managed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (AKDEC).  Medical waste regulations are outlined in Alaska Administrative Code (18 AAC 60.030) as part of more encompassing regulations involving solid wastes.  Within this code, medical waste is defined similarly to other jurisdictions as any material that is potentially pathogenic which includes […]

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DOT Medical Waste Regulations

Overview of DOT Medical Waste Regulations The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) provides specific medical waste regulations which outline how generators of these materials share joint and several liabilities with their waste service provider.  Per federal law, all generators of hazardous wastes, including medical wastes, maintain some level of liability for their wastes throughout the […]

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OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

Most all health care practitioners are aware of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) role in promoting workplace safety through its Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.  This standard, established in 1991, is detailed in 29 CFR 1910.1030 and contains the specific guidelines which outline compliance requirements for any business where some potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens […]

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The Biohazard Symbol

In 2016, the universal biohazard symbol that is used to visually communicate the presence of known and potentially infectious biological material celebrated its 50th birthday.  According to The New York Times, the universal biohazard symbol was developed by Charles L. Baldwin, an Environmental Health Engineer, of Dow Chemicals in 1966.  Still in use today and […]

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Hello, Neighbor!

We are fortunate to live and work in one of the most spectacular places in world, Alaska.  Our remoteness, climate, and geography further support our state’s uniqueness while making the process of delivering quality health care in our communities quite remarkable.  At Envirolaska, we believe that we can make a difference in supporting the work […]