HIV Epidemic in Eastern Europe

Europe is on a mission to eradicate HIV/AIDS by 2030. Significant strides have been made in that direction, but the population is still in the midst of an epidemic. Nearly 160,000 new HIV diagnoses were reported in the WHO European Region in 2017, with over 130,000 of those diagnoses occurring in Eastern Europe alone. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe have ...
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Medical Waste Disposal Regulations are Different in Every State

There is a common misunderstanding regarding the hierarchy of regulatory authority for medical facilities and how regulatory requirements differ by state. In this blog we will cover the following: What is OSHA's role in regulating regulated medical waste (RMW) History of medical waste and who enforces the regulations What are the different requirements by state Bio Hazardous Waste and Sharps Waste are all considered Regulated ...
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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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U.S. War on AIDS

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is still in danger of losing the war on AIDS, even after major medical advances over the past 30 years. There are 45,000 new H.I.V. infections each year. Nearly 65% of the estimated 1.2 million Americans with H.I.V are not receiving care or antiretroviral treatment (ART); many disappear right after being tested and account for 90% of all new ...
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OSHA Changes: Higher Fines for 2016

For the first time in 25 years, companies could be paying significantly more for OSHA violations within the workplace. A budget bill President Obama has signed permits OSHA to increase its fines annually based on the consumer price index. Therefore, OSHA would be allowed to make a one-time “catch-up” adjustment that would increase maximum penalty levels by about 80% to make up for the lack of increases since 1990. The ...
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