Medical Waste Regulations Of The New Jersey Essay

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Medical Waste Regulations

“Reports of medical debris keep thousands from shore,” Washington Post, July 10,1988. The poor management of medical waste resulted in the wash-up incidents on the Atlantic coast in 1987 and 1988. Following the incidents, the congress passed the Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988. After a few years, many states responded to the wash-up crisis by formulating their own medical waste regulations. Consequently, New Jersey’s Regulated Medical Waste Management act was passed. This paper succinctly discusses New Jersey’s Regulated Medical Waste Management regulations. Considering the wash-up incidents that happened on the Atlantic coast, the New Jersey’s regulations are stringent enough to prevent such events from happening again. However, the regulations regarding the household medical waste management and treatment of prions are not clear enough. The outcome of this is the poor management of medical waste. The state of New Jersey has a comprehensive regulated medical waste management program (1). The program has guidelines for the whole process of medical waste disposal. The guidelines establish a “cradle-to-grave tracking system” (1), which starts from the classification of the medical waste generators, classification of waste, segregation requirements, storage requirements, packing requirements, transportation, labeling, and treatment. The site of waste origination is the called the waste generator. According to the regulations, a waste generator…

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