Whether or not you’ve been following our other articles about biomedical waste management, you probably know that the disposal of such garbage must be done in a certain manner: without damaging the environment, or endangering the safety of patients or medical staff. The sterilizing and removal methods are also highly dependent on the kind of medical waste you need to get rid of.
Every single medical facility in the world, including certain companies produce hazardous medical waste, making its management a vital issue. On the one hand, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical labs must look out for the safety of patients and staff. On the other hand, we all have a common responsibility to protect the environment from the hazards associated with hospital waste.
Whether you’re working in a medical environment or not, it should come as no surprise to you that the sterilization of hospital equipment is vital for all parties involved, doctors and patients alike. This is basically what we call “standard duty of care”.
The disposal of marijuana waste is becoming a more and more viable business need for legalized marijuana manufacturers.
Believe it or not, more and more pet owners are urged by veterinaries to feed their pets a diet rich in insect-based proteins. According to the BVA (British Veterinary Association),certain types of insects may be “even better for pets than the best cut of steak”.
By definition, sharps waste is a kind of (bio)medical waste that includes any kind of tool or object that is able to puncture or cut the skin, hence the term “sharps”. It should be noted that they can also be classified as biohazardous waste, and therefore can be harmful to both humans and animals.
Infectious animal waste disposal has always been a serious task, but it may have become an even more serious issue with the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF for short). Ever since its first outbreak in China, the disease has managed to cross many borders within just a year, which has caused concerns for many experts regarding further spread of ASF.
While most people may have never heard the term “autoclave” before, autoclaves have a wide use in many industries. An autoclave is basically a pressure chamber used to carry out any process that requires highly elevated temperature and pressure, such as medical waste disposal, and/or medical equipment sterilization.
While it certainly sounds odd at first, cannabis waste disposal has become just as much of an issue as other types of biomedical waste.
The definition of medical (also known as biomedical or clinical) waste is fairly broad: all waste materials generated at health care facilities, medical research facilities, laboratories can be considered as medical waste. However, it is important to note that even households produce their own clinical waste, as does any organization that deals with needles and/or syringes. Regardless of how you describe medical waste, one thing is certain: its disposal and management isn’t something to be taken lightly.
While insect farming might be a controversial topic for most, no one can deny that is becoming a more and more booming market. The reason for that is quite simple: growing concerns about environmental sustainability, and the ever-increasing world population, the demand for new, suitable sources of protein has also increased. Many industries have already come to the realization that the current agriculture simply won’t be able to keep up with the expected changes.
According to Christine Middlemiss – the United Kingdom’s chief veterinary officer – African swine fever presents such a threat of spreading even further in Europe and beyond, that she can barely sleep at night. The cause for her concerns isn’t unfounded: as of today, there is still no vaccine against the “pig virus”, and the wild boar population is so dense in Eastern Europe, that the disease basically sustains itself.