Medical waste is also known as infectious waste, sharps waste, biomedical waste, or biohazardous waste from commercial businesses and healthcare facilities. If it is not treated, shipped, stored, contained, or handled properly, it will be dangerous to the environment and to your health.
Federal, state, and local regulations on proper medical waste disposal are implemented so that these facilities have guidelines to follow. Since improper medical waste disposal is a serious matter, everyone needs to comply with the rules and regulations not only for compliance’s sake but also to avoid complications. You may not see the difference now, but you will soon benefit from just merely segregating your waste products properly.
Here is a list of the importance of medical waste disposal to your health:
You Can Avoid Acquiring Infections.
If sharps and infectious waste is not disposed of properly, you can be exposed to different types of infections. Take note that pathogenic microorganisms from infectious wastes can enter your body through the following:
- Mucous Membrane
- Cut, abrasion, or skin punctures
However, you can prevent getting infected with proper medical waste management. Sharps like needles and other tools that are exposed to viral blood infections and other blood-borne pathogens need to be treated before disposal. When treated, it lessens the risk of transmitting the disease from other people even when you’re exposed to it.
You must also use puncture-proof containers for needle sticks and other sharp objects. But it is important that you should not fully fill the container. Get rid of it when it’s 3/4 full to decrease your chances of getting punctures or cuts from loose sharps.
As a result, you can avoid exposure to the following infections if you follow the proper medical waste disposal protocol:
- Viral hepatitis A, B, and C from body fluids, feces, and blood
- Hemorrhagic fevers transmitted from bloody secretions and products
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or AIDS from sexual and blood secretions
- Respiratory Infections from saliva and inhaled secretions
- Gastroenteric infections from vomit or feces
It Provides Protection From Radioactive Wastes.
If you’re handling radioactive wastes, the more that you need to dispose of it properly. Radioactive waste encompasses materials that are exposed to radiation or are naturally radioactive. Some examples include fuels from ele