This may not seem like a priority to many. We have just been through an awful pandemic when hospital staff were fully focused on saving lives and giving their patients all the help and support they could possibly give them. Filling out the necessary paperwork or following endless regulations sometimes served as a frustration when the job was already so stressful. Understandably, saving the environment at the same time was not high on the list of priorities. In some ways, the pandemic helped the environment. There were less cars on the road and virtually no planes in the sky, so a lot less pollution. Right? Well, in some ways, that is true. But pollution comes in more than one form. So much more activity at hospitals created more hospital and medical waste. Biohazardous waste disposal was sometimes neglected. Especially in countries where stringent laws are not in place, this became a bigger problem during the pandemic as people would dump the waste in dangerous and harmful places before quickly returning to hospitals and medical facilities to care for patients.
Thankfully, laws are in place in a lot of countries and so in most cases, these laws were followed and even though already very busy, hospital and medical staff worked hard to keep the public and the environment safe from biohazardous medical waste. But how is this achieved?
There are very strict instructions when it comes to biohazardous waste disposal. Within the hospital or medical facility, such as clinics or doctor’s offices, there are many different clearly marked bins each for specific types of medical waste. There will always be a list of specific instructions clearly visible for staff to read and they will all have received training on this when they first start the job, and hopefully regularly since then. This waste is then collected by a specialist waste disposal company with training in this specific area of waste disposal. They will then follow the legal guidelines in disposing of the different types of waste in the proper way.
We all really admire the hard working efforts of the medical community during such a trying time and the efforts of them and the waste disposal companies who have worked hard to protect the public, and at the same time protect the environment, from further dangers. They have continued to save lives and fight the fight against environmental damage to our beautiful planet.