Dear Valued Customer:
As medical and dental practices begin heading back to work, there has been ongoing concerns regarding new processes and best practices for employee and patient health and safety. We have received many requests for compliance training; specifically, proper handling & packaging of possible COVID-19 related Regulated Medical Waste and OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Training. If you are interested in scheduling in-house staff training, please contact Andrew Nekoroski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New England MedWaste Management (NEMWM) has been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, particularly developments made in infection control related to the proper management of Regulated Medical Waste generated during treatment of patients infected with the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that Regulated Medical Waste generated in the treatment of COVID-19 patients and patients under investigation (PUIs) be managed in accordance with routine procedures.
- There are no additional packaging or transportation requirements at this time from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) for Regulated Medical Waste and sharps.
Packaging Guideline Reminders
Though new regulations or guidance documents have not been created by the CDC or other regulatory agencies specific to handling Regulated Medical Waste or sharps derived from the treatment of COVID-19 patients, NEMWM would like to remind our customers of the importance of following current regulations, especially those from USDOT regarding the proper packaging of Regulated Medical Waste and sharps.
- Generators are responsible for packaging waste for transport to treatment facilities. NEMWM drivers do not package Regulated Medical Waste.
- Each bag must be hand tied by gathering and twisting the neck of the bag and using a tie or hand knot to secure the bag, and each container must be securely closed.
- Closed bags must not be visible once a secondary container (box or reusable tub) is closed.
- Improperly packaged containers or damaged containers will be denied pickup or returned to the generator.
The CDC has created a resource page, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is providing worker safety guidance for healthcare employers and workers with an overview of existing OSHA Standards that apply to preventing and recording occupational exposure to COVID-19. NEMWM will keep its customers and team members informed of significant regulatory developments. Please feel to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.
Daniel J. Gumpright
Vice President – Operations and Compliance
New England MedWaste Management, LLC
“Customer Focused, Compliance Driven”
Cell: (508) 353-1775