Did you know?
- The Environmental Protection Agency defines "medical waste" as: any solid waste that is generated in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals in research pertaining thereto, or in the production or testing of biologicals. This includes, but is not limited to blood-soaked bandages; culture dishes and other glassware; discarded surgical gloves; discarded surgical instruments; discarded needles used to give shots or draw blood (medical sharps); cultures, stocks, swabs used to inoculate cultures; removed body organs; and discarded lancets (finger stick devices).
- It is estimated that the United States produces 5.9 million tons of medical waste annually.
- Approximately 3 billion sharps are produced and disposed of in homes, rather than in a healthcare setting, each year.
- Although many injuries go unreported, there are about 500,000 needle stick injuries reported annually.
Martin Oaks is specially licensed and certified to handle medical waste and sharps safely, and is compliant to all local and federal regulations.
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