If you are infectious waste generator in Wisconsin, you likely have Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. circled on your calendar. It’s the deadline for submitting your 2014 Infectious Waste Annual report to the WI DNR.
MERI customers can quickly get their numbers by using the online portal. All you have to do is:
1) Log on to meriinc.com/portal
2) Type in your customer ID (if you can’t remember it, just give us a call and we can remind you what we have on file)
3) Enter your password (this can be easily reset by clicking on the green button and following instructions that will be sent to your email).
As this is the first time the Wisconsin DNR is requiring infectious waste generators to submit their reports online, the process may take a bit longer because you’ll need to fill in more introductory information. In the future, the process will go more quickly as much of what is needed will already be entered.
If you are a generator of infectious waste in Wisconsin and have not yet received an email from the DNR notifying you of instructions to ensure everything gets filed correctly, be sure to email them at DNRMedicalWaste@wisconsin.gov. This is especially important if your facility has a new contact person.
Reminder of Who Needs to File Infectious Waste Report
In our earlier post we outlined how you can determine whether you are exempt or need to file either an Infectious Waste Annual Report or A Medical Waste Reduction Plan with the DNR. Filing one or both reports depends on the type/amount of waste you produce and your disposal techniques.
The Wisconsin’s DNR website also provides a full list of requirements and exemptions for filing both reports.
Once You’ve Got Your Report Filed
Some working toward the goal of reducing their infectious waste might benefit from reading MERI’s infectious waste compliance guide.
It includes some easy ways to help reduce waste, such as:
- Making sure your staff understands the difference between infectious waste and general waste.
- Using color-coded containers, or simple pictures or graphics on the waste lid, showing what goes in each container. This will help ensure employees make conscious disposal and segregation decisions.
- Surveying staff to measure their knowledge of where items should be properly disposed.
- Offering training on infectious waste segregation.
- Conducting regular audits.
- Tracking and rewarding for progress made – or holding those accountable for improper use.
By incorporating a few of these infectious waste reduction strategies, you’ll be on track for reducing your waste numbers the next time your WI DNR Infectious Waste report is due!