preparing for a minor industrial accident

Are you prepared it an accident occurs in your industrial plant? A medical waste mailback kit helps clean up after a minor industrial accident. And, it provides documentation so that you can record everything was not only cleaned up but also properly disposed.  These mailback kits are important because every industrial plant has a legal obligation to develop an accident control plan. As part of this control plan, specific employees must be trained on how to correctly clean up and dispose of blood and the waste generated in an incident.  

One big misconception among many facility managers is that there’s nothing particularly difficult about cleaning up blood following an accident. Most believe it’s as simple as grabbing some washcloths, wiping it up, and tossing the waste in the trash.

Yet, the procedure for cleaning even a small amount of blood is a bit more involved. In fact, not following the correct protocol places your employees at risk, and creates a liability issue for your facility.

The reason why has to do with a federal agency you’re probably familiar with: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, commonly known as OSHA. Because of the potential pathogens blood carries, OSHA takes workplace accidents – especially those that involve blood – extremely seriously.

So what can you do to keep your employees safe and your facility compliant? Keeping a Medical Waste Mailback kit may be your answer to both.

What is a Biohazard Blood Spill Clean Up & Disposal Kit?

For those who don’t know, a Medical Waste Mailback Kit is a simple way to disinfect, dispose and dispose medical waste through the mail. This includes material absorbed in blood, vomit, urine or feces.

This all-in-one, pre-paid postage mail kit is great to have on hand for an emergency clean up and compliant disposal of an infectious spill in a school, bus, lab, retail or industrial setting. It’s also good for biohazard waste, including sharps or broken glass.

DOT and USPS Certified

This kit is certified by both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the United States Postal Service (USPS). Each mailback kit holds up to eight pounds of absorbed infectious waste and sharps. Best of all, it comes with a manifest to help meet OSHA regulations to document an accident involving blood borne pathogens.

Using MERI’s mailback system is fairly straightforward. Each kit comes pre-stamped, so you can ship it directly to a medical waste disposal company once the container filled.

MERI’s blood spill and medical waste maiback kits are used in households of diabetics, at nursing homes, or at other medical facilities that regularly produce small amounts of medical waste. Yet, for industrial plants, they can also be vital when an accident arises.

Why Every Industrial Plant Needs a Medical Waste Mail Back Kit

OSHA requires a select few employees – often a manager or safety specialist – to undergo annual bloodborne pathogen training. Part of that training involves learning how to properly and safely clean up blood.

Bloody waste is not like standard garbage. It carries diseases. Saturated bloody waste is medical waste.

Often, medical waste requires a medical waste disposal service to pick up the waste. For small amounts of waste, paying for a service to come to your facility can seem overly expensive.

MERI’s blood spill and medical waste kits are quick to ship, fully compliant with all medical waste disposal and shipping laws, and cost about half that of transportation. They can also be useful beyond accident response. For instance, some industrial plants have a first aid or nurse’s station where a nurse collects bloody materials or administers shots. This kit could provide a simple way for these nurses to dispose this medical waste and needles or other sharp devices.

It’s important to note that if you ever have a larger spill or produce more than four pounds of medical waste per month, you should call a medical waste disposal facility like MERI to handle it. Mailback kits are best for smaller amounts of medical waste.

Still, in an industrial plant, you never know when an injury will arise that suddenly creates small amounts of medical waste. Keep a MERI blood spill or medical waste kit handy so you can safely and lawfully handle the situation when the time comes.

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