Affordable assistance for your hospital waste and hazardous material management issues….
Welcome to your own consultant for hazardous material and waste management issues! Most hospital hazmat and waste managers wear many hats, but having an intimate knowledge of the regulations for these issues shouldn’t have to be one of them. Hospital Waste Management serves hospitals in Washington State.
Hospital Waste Management is your own consultant to help you comply with local, Washington state and federal waste and hazmat regulations. We can sort out the answers to your questions about which hazardous materials you have onsite and where they are, how best to store them, and how to most appropriately manage your waste streams.
Do your Environmental Services staff know how to respond to a hazardous material spill? Do you know what your options are? Hospital Waste Management can sort out your options and, if you elect to train an onsite emergency response team, train them according to Washington’s Emergency Response Standard, Chapter 296-824 WAC. Proper training safeguards your staff and helps to avoid costly fines and settlements with Labor & Industries.
Hospital waste streams comprise all of the following waste types:
- Biohazardous (regulated medical, infectious)
- Dangerous (flammable, corrosive, toxic, listed or persistent in the environment)
- Radioactive (primarily short-lived isotopes)
- Universal (batteries, fluorescent lamps)
- Electronic (computers, CRTs, medical devices) and
- Special (solid corrosive dangerous waste, including SodaSorb™ and BaraLyme™ from anesthesiology)
Is your facility managing these waste streams properly? Do you have a written Hazardous Material & Waste Management Plan that guides your staff in properly managing these waste streams?
A good deal of a hospital’s waste goes down the sanitary sewer, which is usually acceptable, but frequently not. Do you know where your waste compactor drainage is going? Most loading dock drains are piped to stormwater systems and go directly to the nearest pond, creek or river.
We at Hospital Waste Management can assess your waste stream management, develop a hazmat inventory for your facility (required by The Joint Commission and Labor & Industries), train in-house staff to respond safely and competently to hazmat spills (and know when to call in better-trained and equipped responders), and give you the confidence that your facility complies with local, state and federal hazmat and waste management regulations. All at an affordable cost.
If you need to train your hospital employees in hazmat response awareness, we have developed a self-learning module that takes an employee just 15 to 20 minutes to complete and fulfills L & I’s First Responder /Awareness Level requirements in the Emergency Response Standard. This course is based upon Microsoft’s popular PowerPoint™ software and can be loaded onto a stand-alone computer or your facility’s intranet. If you want to train an in-house hazmat response team, we teach a First Responder / Operations Level course for your staff to safely and competently clean up hospital hazmat spills.
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To contact us:
17629 NE 138th Street