Oklahoma Medical Waste DisposalOklahoma has the flat topography of a typical Great Plains state. Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state and also the largest Native American population in the country. Actor and writer Will Rogers is from Oklahoma, as is Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history. Oklahoma City hosts The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Tulsa is known nationwide for its oil production; the city’s nickname is the “oil capital of the world.” Tulsa is also home to an extensive amount of art deco architecture. Don’t let medical waste sully Oklahoma’s natural beauty. Let Cyntox handle all your medical waste disposal in Oklahoma.
The State of Oklahoma Definition of Medical Waste:
Regulated medical waste is defined by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality as a waste or reusable material that contains an “etiologic agent” and is generated in the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals; research pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or disabling or fatal disease. The term “etiologic agent” is synonymous with the term “infectious substance”. Examples of RMW include:
- cultures and stocks of etiologic agents or live vaccines;
- human blood, blood products, and human body fluids, except urine or feces;
- pathological wastes consisting of human tissues, organs, and body parts removed during surgery, autopsy, biopsy and other medical procedures;
- untreated sharps;
- used blood collection bags, tubes, and vials;
- contaminated carcasses, body parts and bedding of animals intentionally exposed to pathogens in research, in the production of biologicals or the “in vivo” testing of pharmaceuticals;
- items contaminated with blood or other human body fluids which drip freely or would release such materials in a liquid or semi-liquid state if compressed or are caked with dried blood or body fluids and are capable of releasing these materials;
- isolation wastes unless determined to be noninfectious by the infection control committee at the health care facility;
- HIV-containing cell or tissue cultures, organ cultures, and HIV- or HBV-containing culture medium or other solutions; and blood, organs, or other tissues from experimental animals infected with HIV or HBV;
- all disposable materials that have come in contact with cytotoxic or antineoplastic agents during the preparation, handling, and administration of such agents. Such wastes include, but are not limited to, masks, gloves, gowns, empty IV tubing and bags, vials, and other contaminated materials; and
- any other material or equipment which, in the determination of the health care facility staff, infection control committee or other responsible party, presents a significant danger of infection because it is contaminated with, or may reasonably be expected to be contaminated with, etiologic agents.