CDC confirms 116 cases of polio-like disease

  The CDC has confirmed 116 cases of a rare polio-like disease called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in the U.S. this year as of the date of this post. Found in 31 states as of Monday, over 90% of the cases involve children under the age of 18. For the most part, those affected were experiencing a mild respiratory illness before contracting the disease.   What is AFM?   Acute flaccid myelitis affects the nervous system, ...
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Regulated Medical Waste and its Disposal

  When it comes to the disposal of regulated medical waste, there are many standards that have been put into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in an effort to protect healthcare workers from unnecessary exposure to potentially infectious materials. In 1991, OSHA created the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. This standard defines regulated medical waste and clarifies basic ...
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Is my Facility a Hazardous Waste Generator?

  In previous articles we have identified the varying types of medical waste produced in dental offices and some ways of lowering the costs for the disposal of that waste. This article will address hazardous waste specifically, and the regulations surrounding hazardous waste generators.   Hazardous Waste Defined Hazardous waste is defined as waste with “properties that make it dangerous, or capable of having a harmful effect ...
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Four Types of Dental Waste

As a waste management and compliance company we often get asked by dentist “What are the different types of waste I am required to dispose of and show documentation for?” There are four main types of dental waste, and each comes with its own standard for proper disposal. In this post we will discuss the types of dental waste and their disposal methods: Amalgam Hazardous Pharmaceutical Regulated Medical Waste   Amalgam Waste ...
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Medical Waste Disposal: Pickup vs. Mail Back

  This blog will cover requirements for medical waste disposal and the differences in the options available for disposal. To start, OSHA (Occupational Safety Health Administration) defines as regulated waste as Liquid or semi-liquid blood or other potentially infectious materials; contaminated items that would release blood or other potentially infectious materials in a liquid or semi-liquid state if compressed; items that ...
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Hurricane Harvey Update: We're safe, and ready to service your needs.

To our customers: We are safe and available to you. Although our offices were also impacted by flooding and many of our staff had to be evacuated, PureWay Waste Compliance (Katy, TX) remains 100% operational and we are working with our out-of-state offices to ensure all orders get processed within 48 hours. As a waste compliance service, we will go the extra mile to assist our customers and those affected in the greater ...
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Massachusetts Mandates First Statewide Drug Take-Back Program

Massachusetts has become the first U.S. state to require pharmaceutical manufacturers to finance and manage a solution for consumers to safely dispose of unwanted or unused medications. This law is part of a drug abuse prevention bill that aligns with President Obama’s previously signed legislation allowing states to create take-back programs for prescription and over-the-counter medications. Not only will this law save the ...
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PureWay Proudly Partners with Safe Needle Disposal to Provide At-Home Sharps Users with Comprehensive Waste Management and Educational Services

PureWay, a health-focused organization specializing in medical waste management and compliance solutions, is proud to partner with Safe Needle Disposal, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public about safe needle disposal programs. At-home sharps injectors will now not only have access to a user-friendly informational resource and regulatory experts to help answer all their sharps-related questions, but they will also be ...
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BENEFITS OF LAMP RECYCLING

  Did you know that all types of lamps can be recycled? It is important to recycle lamps to decrease the large quantity of hazardous and reusable materials (such as metal) that is currently going to waste in our landfills. A wide variety of energy-efficient mercury-containing light bulbs are becoming popular both within the household and business setting. Some examples include: Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) and other ...
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NEW EPA PROPOSAL ON PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE DISPOSAL

On August 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule regarding pharmaceutical waste disposal. This new proposal will affect hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, long-term care centers and reverse distributors; these healthcare facilities will not be allowed to flush pharmaceuticals classified as hazardous waste, such as chemotherapy drugs, blood thinners, nicotine and certain ...
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