Medical waste is a very serious biohazard that must be properly disposed of. Not only does improper disposal of medical waste pose serious risks to the surrounding community, but it can actually result in legal action. Many states, including Florida, have strict regulations that must be followed when disposing of these dangerous biohazards. In Florida alone, there are nearly 42,000 facilities that produce biomedical waste. However, the dangers are posed by neglectful and incorrect disposal of biomedical waste in homes.
No biomedical waste is too big of a challenge for our biohazard remediation team at Spaulding Decon of Tampa, Florida. Our cleanup teams have won awards and accolades for our work, and hold the safety of you and your family as our highest priority. Let’s take a look at a few forms of biomedical waste, the dangers they pose to humans, and the proper disposal protocol.
Florida Law Regarding Biomedical Waste Disposal
The state of Florida has strict regulations as to the disposal of biomedical waste. These can be found in the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Community Environmental Health Chapter 64E-16. These regulations state that if medical materials are provided by a healthcare professional, that the removal of those used materials must also be provided.
However, if you are self-transporting biomedical waste to a disposal facility, your vehicle must be registered with the state and marked as housing biohazard materials. It is also up to your healthcare professional to provide disposal instructions. All counties are different, so please visit your county’s Department of Health website for more information on your county’s biomedical waste regulations.
Needles are a very serious biohazard that pose many threats. A needle can penetrate the skin, both potentially causing physical harm and transmitting dangerous blood-borne pathogens. If you have used needles in your home, most Florida counties provide needle collection programs to safely and efficiently dispose of used needles. However, if your county does not provide these services, give Spaulding Decon of Tampa a call. We will safely and efficiently dispose of any biomedical waste in your possession.
Bodily Fluid Cleanup
Another form of medical waste that can be very dangerous to humans is bodily fluids, such as blood, semen, vaginal secretion, and amniotic fluids. These fluids can contain and transmit very dangerous blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis. These fluids, if not properly contained, MUST be cleaned by decontamination experts like our team at Spaulding Decon of Tampa, Florida. However, if the fluids are expected and properly contained, they must be disposed of in the manner instructed by your healthcare professional.
Spaulding Decon of Tampa, Florida
Since 2005, Spaulding Decon has been providing a variety of services in the Tampa, Florida area. Our professionals serve communities all across the Tampa area, including Brandon, Riverview, and St. Pete. Spaulding Decon specializes in crime scene cleanup, biohazard remediation, rodent dropping cleanup, and more. For more information, give us a call at (813) 298-7122, or visit our website at www.spauldingdec.wpengine.com/locations/florida/tampa/.