Commercial medical waste treatment and disposal techniques have changed tremendously in the last 20-30 years. The growing concern over how medical waste impacts the environment has led to many laws and regulations regarding how medical waste should be disposed of. While each state has slightly varied their own take on the recommendations and mandates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), everyone agrees that all medical waste be given proper treatment to ensure that it’s free from harmful chemical and infectious microorganisms before it’s taken out to the trash.
Medical waste is produced by many different types of hospitals, health clinics, surgery centers and veterinary clinics. It can also be found in private homes where medical care is being provided, in nursing homes and in residential care centers. As a general rule, medical waste includes human or animal tissue, blood or other bodily fluids, excretions, drugs, swabs or bandages syringes and other sharp instruments. In order to protect employees, visitors and the general public, these types of items can’t just be thrown into the garbage. Instead, these types of items have to be specially treated to remove any traces of disease or infection. Medical autoclaves are the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way of doing this. Using pressurized steam, super high temperatures and a self-locking container, the items are “cleaned” and sterilized. Once the process has been completed, items can be safely thrown away.
Many larger, commercial sized institutions are opting for an onsite autoclave in order to manage medical waste throughout the day. Large medical establishments can often process thousands of pounds of waste per day, depending on the volume of work they do. When they need a reliable solution to their waste treatment needs, an autoclave is a smart investment. Instead of incinerating waste, which doesn’t necessarily kill dangerous germs and which is harmful to the environment, the autoclave process is a complete and effective solution that can be designed to work with any budget. When used properly, a medical autoclave can help medical establishments cut their costs while also ensuring that they are in compliance with all local waste management laws.