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Oak Park, Michigan Medical Waste Disposal

Oak Park, Michigan Medical Waste Disposal. If you are looking for medical waste disposal services in Oak Park, Michigan, contact us today for a quote in minutes. We service Oak Park, Michigan, and all of Michigan for medical waste, sharps disposal, compliance training and document shredding services.

Oak Park, Michigan Medical Waste. Most states have strict guidelines when it comes to producing, storing, transporting, and decontaminating medical waste. Michigan is no different, we all want to protect public health and the environment.

We have listed some general information identifying the types of producers and the departments in Michigan who regulate medical waste. Medical waste is a subset of waste generated in a healthcare setting; however, healthcare locations are not the only place you will find medical waste. Medical waste can be found in Med Spas, Veterinary offices, tattoo parlors, etc.

There are many types of medical waste producers in Michigan and within Oak Park, Michigan. The EGLE (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy) has identified them as.

  1.  Physician’s offices, dental practices, podiatry offices, veterinary practices
  2. Mortuaries
  3. Nursing homes
  4. Hospitals
  5. Tattoo/body art facilities
  6. Pharmacies
  7. Any other facility that stores, generates, decontaminates, or incinerates medical waste

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Oak Park, Michigan Agencies Regulating Medical Waste

Who Regulates Oak Park, Michigan Medical Waste?

Back in the 1980s medical waste started washing up on east coast beaches, this prompted congress to enact the MWTA Medical Waste Tracking Act. The MWTA was a two-year federal program in which the U.S. EPA initiated regulations on management of medical waste. This program included four states and ended June 21, 1991.

In 1992 the U.S. EPA developed and published a model guideline for state medical waste management.

The guideline spoke specifically to these main topics.

Waste Characterization, a characterization definition of medical waste would have to be applied item-by-item. Separating each item in the solid waste stream and asking does it meet these characterizations this process made it difficult to identify and segregate every article of medical waste from the solid waste stream.

What happened was they selected categories based on two characteristics those categories are.

  1. The potential to transmit infection
  2. Properties of Toxicity

Now most states list specific waste types in their definition of medical waste rather than formulate a characteristic definition.

Types of Medical Waste

Types of medical waste, sharps, cultures, bulk human blood, pathological waste, isolation waste, animal waste, unused sharps, low-level radioactive waste, antineoplastic, and small volumes of chemical hazardous waste.

Types of Generators

While there are many types of generators of medical waste, the guideline list everything from hospitals to schools. They have listed below in order of generation.

  1. Hospitals
  2. Long-term Health Care
  3. Physicians’ Offices
  4. Clinics
  5. Laboratories
  6. Dentists’ Offices
  7. Veterinarians
  8. Funeral Homes
  9. Free-Standing Blood Banks

The guideline goes on to talk about the following topics.

Public education, minimization, waste management plans, operations, monitoring, and record keeping, training, contingency planning, transportation, and treatment and disposal.

Since then, most states have since further developed their own programs resulting in each state program differing significantly from each other.

Oak Park About

Oak Park is a city in Oakland County in the state of Michigan. The population of Oak Park is 29,319. As a northern suburb of Metro Detroit, Oak Park shares its southern border with the city of Detroit.

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Oak Park, Michigan Information

Stimulated by the GI Bill which aided veterans in buying new housing, highways to improve commuting, and planned developments in the late 1950s, Oak Park from 1950 to 1960 was named as “America’s Fastest Growing City”. Its population increased sevenfold, from 5,000 to more than 36,000. Much of its population was second- and third-generation children of European immigrants who had settled in Detroit in the early 20th century.