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Rochester Hills, Michigan Medical Waste Disposal

Rochester Hills, Michigan Medical Waste Disposal. Medical waste is generated by many types of organizations, including but not limited to hospitals, medical clinics, physician’s offices, veterinary clinics and hospitals, blood banks, dental practices, coroner’s offices, funeral homes, tattoo parlors, laboratories, and medical research facilities. Medical waste is a subset of waste that may be contaminated by blood, bodily fluids or any other infectious materials that could cause harm to humans, the community and/or the environment.

While there are many federal agencies that act to regulate laws and guidelines for the storage, transport, and disposal of medical waste, each state has its own rules that must be complied with, in addition to or superseding some of the federal guidelines. Individual states also have differences in the accepted definitions of medical waste and almost all states have adopted the DOT (Department of Transportation) rules for storage, transport, and disposal of medical waste.

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Organizations that Regulate

In the past, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) took control of regulating all medical waste. Currently, each state has adopted compliancy guidelines and laws and are responsible for establishing and enforcing the regulation of all medical waste generated in any facility type.  States have established a “cradle-to-grave” regulation compliancy which means that the organization generating the medical waste is responsible for obeying all laws for handling, storage, transport, and disposal. Most of the states have created their guidelines based on the federal laws, however, there are some that have created their own laws which may not resemble the historical federal laws. In almost all states, the primary responsibility for development and enforcement of medical waste management and disposal is the environmental protection agency for that state. In some states, the department of health may also participate, and possibility serve instead of the state environmental protection agency. States have individual regulations regarding packaging, storing, and transporting medical waste. In some states there is a requirement of the organization generating the medical waste to register and/or get a permit, provide on-site training, waste tracking, reporting, develop contingency plans, and recordkeeping.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) can be either federal or state organized, and they regulate several factors involving medical waste which can include but are not limited to such things as sharps management, container requirements for storage of medical waste, medical waste containers/bags labeling, and employee training. The purpose of OSHA involvement is to protect staff, community, and the environment from possible bloodborne pathogen exposure.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does have compliancy regulations regarding the emissions that are generated from the incinerators that are in-house in hospital/medical/infectious waste locations and laws/guidelines regarding FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act) for specific medical waste treatment methods that use chemicals for treatment.

Department of Transportation (DOT) guidelines are for those companies that transport hazardous materials including medical waste, rather than the generators of medical waste. Since those that generate medical waste are responsible for the final disposal, knowledge of the DOT rules is always suggested.

CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is another federal organization that has a set of guidelines for the control of infection.

Rochester Hills About

Rochester Hills is a city in Oakland County in the state of Michigan. The city has a total population of 70,995. The city of Rochester incorporated in 1967, and the remaining area of Avon Township was incorporated and renamed as the city of Rochester Hills in 1984. As a northern suburb of Metro Detroit, the city is about 12 miles north of the city of Detroit.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan Information

Rochester Hills has a total area of 32.91 square miles, of which 32.82 square miles is land and 0.09 square miles is water. Rochester Hills is bordered to the north by Oakland Charter Township along Dutton Road, to the south by the city of Troy along South Boulevard, to the east by Shelby Township in Macomb County along Dequindre Road, and to the west by the city of Auburn Hills along part of Adams Road. Rochester Hills is also partially bordered by the city of Rochester to the east. Elevations in the city range from 690 feet above sea level in the southeastern portion of the city to 1,010 feet in the northwestern section.