Idaho Medical Waste DisposalIdaho is more than just potatoes. The state has world-famous hot springs (Lava Hot Springs), the deepest gorge in the U.S. (Hell’s Canyon) and a wildlife area that is home to a large population of nesting eagles, hawks and falcons (Birds of Prey Wildlife Area). The Lewis and Clark Highway runs through the Nez Perce-Clearwater national forests in Idaho. Since 1937, Nampa has hosted the annual Snake River Stampede Rodeo and Caldwell boasts the revitalized Indian Creek which runs through the downtown area. Idaho has specific rules about the handling of regulated medical waste. Contact Cyntox, experts in healthcare waste management, to find out more about medical waste disposal in Idaho.
The State of Idaho Definition of Medical Waste:
Idaho does not have state regulations for the management of medical waste.
Applicable facilities in Idaho have to comply with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. This standard is designed to protect approximately 5.6 million workers in the healthcare and related occupations from the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, such as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV).
The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard has numerous requirements, including the development of an Exposure Control Plan. The Standard also includes rules specific to certain types of wastes generated at healthcare facilities, termed “regulated waste.” Regulated waste includes blood and items contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).