Maine Medical Waste DisposalMaine is not only the primary source of the nation’s fresh lobsters and blueberries; it also produces 90% of the country’s toothpicks! Maine is an ideal summer vacation destination, with the White Mountain National Forest stretching nearly 800,000 acres; Acadia National Park, the second most popular national park in the U.S.; and the coastal towns like Kennebunkport, summer home of the Bush family. Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland and writer Steven King pens his horror stories in Bangor. No resident or vacationer wants to encounter biomedical waste in Maine. Contact Cyntox for professional bio medical waste disposal in Maine and sharps management.
The State of Maine Definition of Medical Waste:
Biomedical waste means a waste that may contain human pathogens of sufficient virulence and in sufficient concentrations that exposure to it by a susceptible host could result in disease. The following wastes may contain human pathogens of sufficient virulence and in sufficient concentrations that exposure to them by a susceptible host could result in disease and are therefore, biomedical wastes:
- Discarded Human Blood, Blood Products, and Body Fluids: Discarded blood, serum, plasma, blood products, and body fluids. Body-fluids are defined as fluids which are generated or removed during surgery, autopsy, obstetrics, emergency care, or embalming and include cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid; peritonea fluid, pericardial fluid and amniotic fluid.
- Waste Saturated With Human Blood, Blood Products, or Body Fluids: These may include items such as sponges, surgical gloves and masks, drapes, aprons, dressings, disposable sheets and towels, underpads, plastic tubing, and dialysis unit waste. *The intent is to include waste which at the time of generation is soaked or dripping with human blood, blood products or body fluids. An example of material which may be included is a first change surgical dressing.
- Pathological Waste: Human tissues, organs, and anatomical parts including teeth, discarded from surgery, autopsy, obstetrical procedures, and laboratory procedures.
- Discarded Sharps Used In Patient, Animal, Cadaver Care or In Medical and Biomedical Research Laboratories: These include, but are not limited to, hypodermic needles, syringes, scalpel blades, suture needles, disposable razors, lancets, capillary tubes, Pasteur pipettes, broken glassware, IV tubing with needles attached, and dialysis bags with needles attached.
- Discarded cultures and stocks of infectious agents and the culture dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate and mix cultures; discarded clinical specimens and the associated containers or vials; discarded biologicals; and waste from the production of biologicals and recombinant DNA research.
- Discarded Carcasses, Body Parts, Bedding and 0ther Waste Generated By Research Facilities From Animals Containing Organisms or Agents Not Usual To The Normal Animal Environment And Which Are Pathogenic or Hazardous to Humans.
- Cytotoxic Drugs, Chemotherapy Waste. The following wastes may be managed as biomedical waste for the purpose of this rule:
- Cytotoxic (antineoplastic) drugs not identified as hazardous wastes in Chapter 850 of the Department’s regulations.
- Chemotherapy waste – All materials that have come in contact with, and have no more than trace amounts of, cytotoxic (antineoplastic) agents.