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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

North Carolina Funeral Home Biohazard Disposal

Need Biohazard Waste Disposal In North Carolina Funeral Home, Secure Has You Covered?

Components of Safe Biohazard Waste Management in a North Carolina Funeral Home 

When it comes to managing Biohazard Infectious waste in North Carolina funeral homes, disposing of the potentially infectious waste stream can be overwhelming. However if you use Secure Waste, we understand the main components of safe hazardous waste management, you will be on your way to running a compliant, safe funeral home that is keeping up with all regulations.

  • Affordable Funeral Home Waste Disposal
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 Types of Funeral Home Medical Waste

Listed below are the most common types of medical waste found in funeral homes.
  • Sharps waste, such as needles.
  • Materials such as gauze 4x4s and gowns that accompany the deceased to the funeral home.
  • Materials used in the preparation room such as disposable gloves, gauze and tubing.

Funeral Home Waste Must Be Properly Segmented

The National Funeral Directors Association issued a document entitled Funeral Home Medical Waste Protocol. This includes a list of wastes not classified as medical waste that must be disposed of by other means. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Pharmaceutical Waste
  • Chemical Waste
  • Radioactive Waste
  • Bulk Chemotherapy Waste
Then there are wastes types like trace-contaminated chemotherapy waste, which differ from bulk or unused chemotherapy drug waste.

An example of this would be used chemotherapy drug vials that could potentially accompany the deceased to a funeral home. In many states this type of waste can be placed in the biohazard waste bins that are picked up by your medical waste company.

Pathological wastes such as bodily fluids or tissue, often must be segregated or labeled separately from your biohazard waste because of the method used for properly disposing of such waste. Rather than an autoclave, this type of waste often needs to be incinerated to ensure all potentially infectious material has been destroyed. 

If your medical waste hauler determines that pathological waste has been mixed with other biohazard waste then they may be forced to treat all waste as if it were pathological, which could result in an increased cost passed on to the funeral home.

Most important of all, biohazardous waste must be properly packaged in leak-proof containers that are properly labeled. Any sharps waste such as needles or syringes must be first placed in a rigid, puncture-proof container before being placed in the red biohazard bag.

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