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How to Handle Household Medical Waste Hazards

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Medical waste hazards include used medical gloves, bloody bandages, used blood glucose test strips, syringes, lancets, needles and sharps or anything that has come in contact with human blood, body fluids, or human feces or what is commonly know as human waste for the digestive system.

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The problem with household medical waste or medical waste from health care facilities, hospitals, medical first responders, or industrial medical waste is the way the medical waste hazards are disposed of, and to insure the medical wast is disposed of properly.

To prevent pollution and environmental waste hazards like illnesses to the general public, injury to sanitation workers, housekeepers, children, septic tanks, sewer systems, drinking water supply, fish, marine organisms, and our surrounding environment, people need to learn how to properly dispose of toxic and deadly medical waste hazards.

The improper way of handling the disposal of household medical waste is to throw used medical gloves, bloody bandages, used blood glucose test strips, syringes, lancets, needles or sharps into household garbage bags, flush down a toilet, or poured down a sink or tub drain.

The proper way to handle household medical wast hazards can be accomplished by following the the simple steps below.

1) Always place syringes, lancets, needles or sharps into a any type puncture resistant resealable, disposable household container such as a empty laundry detergent bottle, metal coffee can, or empty bleach bottle.

2) Mark (Do Not Recycle) on the container with a marker that you choose to use for these type items.

3) Do not attempt to recap, bend or break needles before putting them into the hazardous material container you made, just pick up the syringes, lancets, needles or sharps by the blunt end and drop them into the hazardous material container and replace the top by screwing the top on hand tight.

4) Once the hazardous material container you made is full,screw the top on tightly as possible, duct tape the cap and top of the bottle together, and then place the container into your regular plastic household garbage bag.

5) Place non sharp items like bloody bandages, dialysis machine filters, used blood glucose test strips,used medical gloves, or disposable sheets into a separate plastic garbage bag or a red bio-hazard bag just for these items.

Helpful Tips:

1) Make sure that all hazardous material containers are kept out of the reach of children and pets.

2) Place expired or no longer used medicines away somewhere safe or place them into the regular plastic household garbage bag in their original containers to be thrown away.

3) Never dispose of prescription medication or any other type medication by flushing it down a toilet, or pouring it down a sink or tub drain.

4) Purchase red bio-hazard bags and sharp containers or make you own.

5) Do a Google search in your area for medical waste removal companies.

6) Visit your local fire station to ask a firefighter, EMT, paramedic, or first responder how to handle household medical waste hazards.

If you live in Alabama and would like to have your medical waste removed, click on the website links below to view a list of medical waste removal companies closest to your area.