OnSite Waste Technologies (OnSite) policy requires the Customer to comply with all federal, state, local, and other applicable ordinances and regulations pertaining to the collection, packaging, transportation, handling, and treatment of Regulated Medical Waste (RMW). Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulations require the medical-waste generator to certify that the packaging and documentation of transported RMW complies with DOT regulations regarding waste classification, packaging, labeling, and shipping documentation. To ensure all parties maintain compliance, it is critical that all parties understand and follow the rules regarding waste identification, categorization, segregation, sealing, and packaging of RMW. The Waste Acceptance Policy (WAP) is intended to clarify and communicate the minimum requirements pertaining to RMW identification, classification, handling, packaging, and documenting in order to maximize the generator’s understanding of OnSite’s expectations. Additional federal, state, and/or local policies and requirements may apply, and it is the generator’s responsibility to know and maintain compliance with all applicable regulations. For further information related to this policy or handling, packaging, documentation, or segregation procedures, please contact OnSite’s Client Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE
OnSite and its Service Partners (“Suppliers”; “Transporters”)) accept medical waste generated in a broad range of medical activities. “Regulated Medical Waste” includes bio-hazardous, bio-medical, infectious, or Regulated Medical Waste as defined under federal, state, or local laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines. Except as defined by specific state regulations, this EXCLUDES RCRA hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, all DEA scheduled drugs (Controlled Substances), bulk chemotherapy waste, batteries of any type, materials containing mercury or other heavy metals, cauterizers, chemicals such as solvents, corrosives, explosives, or ignitable materials classified as hazardous under the Federal and State EPA Regulations. OnSite CANNOT ACCEPT bulk liquids, radioactive materials, or complete human remains (pathological waste including heads, full torsos, full extremities, or fetuses). Separate protocol and packaging requirements apply for the disposal of non-hazardous pharmaceuticals. For further information related to identifying, handling, packaging, documentation, or segregating RMW, please contact OnSite’s Client Support at email@example.com.
WASTE SEGREGATION AND PACKAGING
Driver safety is paramount at OnSite Waste Technologies. One of the greatest areas of exposure and safety risk occurs at the point of medical-waste collection. Properly sealing and packaging the medical waste greatly
reduces the risk for accidental release of the contents and exposure to OnSite team members, Suppliers, and the general public. The medical-waste generator is solely responsible for the proper sealing, packaging, and labeling of RMW. DOT Regulations require (49 CFR 173.197) that all packages of RMW be prepared for transport in containers meeting the following requirements: 1.) Rigid, 2.) leak resistant, 3.) impervious to moisture, 4.) of sufficient strength to prevent tear under normal circumstances and conditions, 5.) sealed to prevent leakage during transport, and 6.) puncture-proof for sharps. All RMW must be accompanied by a properly completed shipping document (49 CFR 172.202).
RECOURSE FOR NON-CONFORMING WASTE
Waste that does not abide by the requirements detailed above will be identified as Non-Conforming Waste. This may include waste that is misclassified and/or improperly packaged. In order to uphold safety standards and to avoid risk to OnSite team members, suppliers, or the general public, OnSite Transporters will refuse to collect non-conforming waste per OnSite Waste Technologies’ internal rules and policies. Any waste determined as non-conforming to this WAP identified in route to or at the Supplier location may be returned to the generator for proper packaging and segregation and may be rerouted for proper treatment, if applicable. In some cases, photographic evidence of proper repackaging and segregation may be required before the waste can be collected again. Clients are subject to pay for any and all fines and fees that derive directly from the generator’s improper packaging, segregation, or documentation of material. For more information pertaining to OnSite’s response practices to non-conforming waste, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WASTE TREATED WITH THE TE-5000
Clients may or may not supplement or use solely the TE-5000 for treatment of some or all of its RMW. The TE-5000 is intended to treat bio-hazardous and bio-medical waste, which may or may not include Sharps Waste. The TE-5000 is not suitable for any liquid waste exceeding 4oz per container, per processing cycle. Additionally, the TE-5000 CANNOT ACCEPT any of the following (but not limited to) substances: pharmaceutical waste, liquid bulk waste, pathological waste, or hazardous material of any kind. The medical waste-generator is responsible for the proper collection, sealing, and processing of any waste approved for use in the TE-5000. Only OnSite’s proprietary tin collection containers may be processed in the TE-5000: any other container or material placed in the TE-5000 without being sealed in OnSite’s tin containers, shall violate this agreement. The TE- 5000 technology is proven to effectively disinfect material through the method of sterilization through thermal energy (dry heat.) The process heats OnSite’s proprietary collection container to approximately 380*F and maintains this temperature for 90-120 minutes, before beginning the cooling segment of the cycle. As a result of the heating process, some plastic materials may melt, warp, or otherwise contort to an unusable form. The TE-5000 is most-suitable for Sharps Waste, specifically syringes and needles. Tubes or vials made of glass will not melt at the 380*F temperature and may affect the cannister in a way that expands the contents, thus making container removal from the chamber difficult. Depending on the contents within the vials, the cycle may have an increased or exaggerated aroma during the heating process. For further information pertaining to Sharps Waste classification or alternatives to handling glass tubes or vials, please contact an OnSite representative at email@example.com
Pathological Waste: human or animal body parts, organs, tissues, and surgical specimen
Regulated Medical Waste: material saturated with blood, body fluids, or other potentially infectious materials, thus posing a significant risk of transmitting infection.
Sharps Waste: medical waste that is also capable of cutting, penetrating, or puncturing skin or a packaging material. Includes: syringes, needles, scalpels, broken class, slides, tubes, or dental wires.
Additional waste acceptance policies may apply based on state or permit-specific requirements. Please refer to your OnSite representative for additional information and options for possible hazardous waste handling. For additional information pertaining to Onsite policies please contact OnSite’s Client Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org