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Proper Medical Waste Disposal Procedures

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Medical waste is all waste materials generated at health care facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, dental practices, blood banks, and veterinary hospitals/clinics, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. Medical waste can be in solid or liquid form and includes: Discarded blood and blood products. Discarded surgical instruments, gloves, and equipment. Discarded medical sharps (needles, scalpels, syringes, pipettes, and other instruments).  Removed body parts and organs (appendixes, tonsils, limbs, and other parts). Laboratory cultures, dishes, glassware, and other testing and laboratory specimens and equipment. Medical waste must be properly packaged and disposed of according to the laws and regulations of your city and state. The proper packaging, collection, and disposal of medical waste procedures are as follows: Medical Waste Containers – State approved medical waste containers are specially designed self-locking and sealable containers. These containers are made of plastic that is thick enough to prevent punctures and penetration by sharps, needles, blades, and their attached handles, tubes, and syringes. Medical waste containers are labeled with the universal infectious waste symbol and authorized text that specifies the regulations that govern the disposal of medical waste in that state. These containers are given freely to all clients of licensed medical waste disposal companies.  Medical Waste Disposal Companies – Licensed medical waste disposal companies treat and dispose of collected medical waste according to state laws and regulations and with minimum impact on the environment. The approved treatment and disposal procedure for medical waste is by autoclave. You can transport your medical waste for proper disposal by the following methods:  Medical Waste Disposal Collection Service – Licensed medical waste disposal companies will collect your medical waste as long as it is properly packaged for disposal according to the laws and regulations of your city and state.  Medical Waste Disposal by U.S. Mail – You can send your medical waste for disposal via the U.S. Mail in a smaller state approved medical waste containers and specially designed and approved prepaid shipping containers addressed to a licensed medical waste disposal company. Disposal by mail containers allows you to dispose of smaller amounts of medical waste than contracting with a medical waste collection service.  Medical Waste Disposal Delivery – You can hand deliver your medical waste to a licensed medical waste disposal site as long as it is properly packaged for disposal according to the laws and regulations of your city and state.  Medical waste disposal rules and regulations differ in many states. You can check on the applicable medical waste programs in your state at the following website: With preparation and careful handling, you can easily dispose of medical waste according to your state disposal programs. By doing so, you will protect all medical and non-medical personnel who handle these materials and prevent the spread of infectious diseases to the...

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3 Bad Habits That Can Increase The Cost To Pump Your Septic Tank

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As of 2015, the cost for pumping a septic tank averaged a few hundred dollars. The price you can expect to pay will depend primarily on the size and location of your tank. If your tank is overly large or difficult to get to, you can expect to pay a bit more. While these factors are out of your control, there are some other factors that can influence the cost of maintaining your septic system. And these factors are entirely in your control. Following are three bad habits that can increase the cost that you will be charged for cleaning out your septic tank.  Procrastination Most septic tanks can hold up to three to five years worth of sludge material. However, small tanks can’t hold as much, and the size of your family also matters. If you have a large family and a small tank, you may have to have your tank pumped more frequently. It’s always a good idea to have your tank inspected annually to see if it needs to be pumped or any other repairs. If you put off maintenance, your system could get backed up, resulting in a much larger bill when you do call someone out.  Misuse Your septic tank is designed to handle the waste that comes from your house only. If you divert other waste material, such as rainwater or water from a hot tub, into your tank, you could develop overflow and backup issues. Additionally, dumping waste directly into your holding tank, like from an RV, is never advisable. Doing so can clog your system and result in mechanical failure. If your system gets clogged or backed up, you can expect to pay more to have the excess material pumped out.  Dumping Dumping household items, such as detergents, pesticides and fertilizers, down your drain can kill off the bacteria that’s responsible for breaking down waste, causing your tank to fill up with sludge faster. Other items, such as sanitary napkins and paper towels, do not break down as easily and can cause backup issues. If you dump things into your system that it can’t handle, you will pay more for maintenance and repairs when you have your system serviced. There are several things that can increase the cost for pumping out and maintaining your septic tank. However, if you pay attention to what you put down your drains and follow a faithful pumping schedule, you should only have to pay a few hundred dollars every few years to have your tank pumped. For more information, contact River City Septic & Excavating or a similar...

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The Importance Of Periodic Water Testing For Water Well Owners

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Unlike municipal water systems, privately owned water wells are not typically subject to periodic testing. Each individual owner is responsible for evaluating the quality of their own water supply. Well owners can ensure that their water source is of acceptable quality by performing periodic testing of their well water. The replacement of a submersible pump may introduce bacteria into the system during the time that the connecting pipe is temporarily above ground. A faulty well cap may allow contaminants to enter the well casing. Even if your water appears normal, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that well water be tested at least annually for the major indicators of water quality. Coliform bacteria A common threat to the integrity of well water is a high level of harmful bacteria. Water is usually tested first for the presence of a particular microbe referred to as coliform bacteria. Although not necessarily dangerous itself, an elevated coliform count is sometimes accompanied by a high level of more harmful strains of bacteria. A high coliform count necessitates the need to test for the more dangerous E. coli bacteria. If E. coli is detected, its cause must be determined. After the functioning of the well system is corrected, a technique referred to as shock chlorination may be used to kill the bacteria. Nitrates Commercial activities occurring near the vicinity of your water well may necessitate further specific testing. Nitrates are chemical compounds that are harmful in large quantities. Nitrates may be contained in rain runoff from nearby agricultural areas. A reverse osmosis filtration system is effective at removing nitrates from water. Regular filters and chlorination do not provide protection from nitrates. Excessive nitrates have the potential to be especially harmful for pregnant women and infants. Other contaminants Because dissolved contents are not usually visible, testing is the only practical method to evaluate the composition of well water. Additional tests may be performed to detect specific minerals or metals, such as iron. Any sudden change in the taste or appearance of your water should be immediately followed by a quality test. A buyer of a home supplied by a water well system might consider including a provision in the contract making the purchase contingent on a satisfactory water test. For the seller of such a home, favorable water test reports are indicative of proper well system design and maintenance. Contact a testing specialist like Neilson Research Corporation for more information about well water...

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Top Tips for a Successful Neighborhood Cleanup Project

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Is your neighborhood starting to look a little shabby? Are you and your neighbors planning a cleanup project? Here are some tips to make sure that your project is a successful one: Decide on the type of project: Is the plan going to be to simply pick up trash and debris in the area, or will you and your neighbors also be doing repair projects? The answer to this question will change your dumpster rental options. If repair work is to be done, you may need a much larger dumpster or even multiple dumpsters in order to contain the waste. It can also change the length of time that you’ll be needing the dumpsters. A simple neighborhood clear out might be completed in a weekend while repair work could take several weeks to finish. Make sure that everyone is aware of the type of project and how long it will last, as they may need to plan for alternate parking while the dumpster is in the neighborhood.  Make a job list: If the people in your neighborhood represent a wide variety of ages and abilities, it’s important to make sure that everyone gets tasks that they are most suited to. For example, the younger and more fit community members may be assigned to work on tree trimming, while any elderly neighbors can help keep the work crews well-stocked with snacks and drinks. Teenagers may be assigned to lawn mowing and weed pulling. Younger children can be made to feel important as well either by helping to bag up the weeds or by being asked to carry small bits of branches and debris to the dumpster rental, where an adult can help them throw the trash away. Assigning a specific job to everyone can help the whole cleanup project go faster than if everyone were to just do their own thing. Assign people to separate out hazardous waste: Your dumpster rental company may specify that nothing hazardous should be put in the dumpster. This can include empty containers from household cleaners, paint cans, and electronic waste. While the majority of your neighborhood debris will be able to go into the dumpster, you may not be able to put this sort of garbage into the dumpster. If the company finds these items in the dumpster, they may charge your neighborhood an additional hazardous waste disposal fee in addition to the dumpster rental fee. Have people who are tasked with making sure that no prohibited items are put into the dumpster. After the job is finished, other volunteers can take the hazardous waste to the nearest appropriate disposal facility. If you’d like more information about dumpster rental for your community cleanup project, be sure to ask the nearest...

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What If You Suspect Your Insulation Is Contaminated With Asbestos?

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For many years, asbestos was believed to be a wonderful and useful material. But as it began to be linked to lung cancer and other serious respiratory diseases, it fell out of favor as a construction material. However, asbestos was not just used on its own–it can also be a secondary contaminant of other materials. Vermiculite is a mineral that has often been used for insulation. On its own, vermiculite is perfectly safe–however, in the past, much mined vermiculite was contaminated with asbestos. Today, vermiculite deposits are tested to ensure that there is no contamination. But a lot of older vermiculite insulation may contain carcinogenic asbestos fibers. How Can You Tell If Your Insulation Is Contaminated? Because such a large percentage of vermiculite mined and sold in the US was contaminated with asbestos in the past, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that all vermiculite insulation be treated as though it could contain asbestos. That means that you should not disturb your insulation yourself. Instead, have it professionally tested and, if necessary, removed. What Does Vermiculite Insulation Look Like? If you’ve seen your insulation before, you may be able to tell whether it’s vermiculite based on how it looks. Vermiculite is a loose-fill insulation that looks like pebbles or crushed gravel; it feels soft and will give if squeezed. However, if you suspect you may have vermiculite, it’s very important that you don’t open up your insulation and inspect it yourself. While left undisturbed, any asbestos present simply sits in place harmlessly. It is when the insulation is disturbed that asbestos can enter the air and be breathed in. Wearing a dust mask is not enough to keep asbestos particles out of your lungs – if you want to confirm whether you have vermiculite insulation, call for a professional asbestos inspection. Can Vermiculite Insulation Be Left In Place? Since the asbestos is only dangerous when breathed in, it’s possible to leave vermiculite insulation alone and undisturbed. However, this means completely sealing off any insulated areas. Light fixtures and switches, plumbing, and other features that involve openings into the wall or ceilings must be thoroughly sealed so that the interior of the wall won’t be disturbed, and installation of new fixtures is impossible. You will also be unable to have any home renovations that might disturb your insulation. It is far preferable to have your insulation professionally removed and replaced. To get professional help, contact a company such as Hutzel & Associates,...

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Two Questions About Dumpster Rentals For Your Construction Project

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Construction projects can be a highly challenging task when it comes to the logistical challenges of these tasks. To this end, dumpster rentals can help you to handle the substantial amount of trash and debris that can be created by these projects. Unfortunately, there are numerous people that have limited experience with these devices, but after having the following two questions addressed you should be better informed about these devices.  Can You Put Asbestos In The Dumpster? It is an unfortunate fact that asbestos is often found in homes that are undergoing major renovation and construction projects. When this material is found, it is necessary to have it removed from the home as soon as possible, and in fact, most local building codes require this material to be removed before the project can continue.  However, it should be noted that this material is usually banned from going into traditional dumpsters. To dispose of it, you will have to utilize a special container that is sealed, and this is required to prevent the asbestos particles from becoming airborne while you are moving it. Failure to comply with this legal requirement can cause you to be liable for extensive civil penalties and government levied fines.  What If You Go Over The Weight Limit For The Dumpster? The amount of material that can be held by your dumpster is determined by weight. Unfortunately, it can be exceedingly difficult for you to accurately anticipate the weight of the material that you will need to have disposed. As a result, there is a strong chance that you may go over this weight limit.  If this happens, you may be unsure of what will need to be done, but this is actually a relatively common problem. Therefore, there are a couple of different options that you can use to address this issue. First, you can simply pay the difference to the provider when they come and empty the dumpster. Alternatively, you could rent an additional dumpster, and this may be the best option if you have gone over the weight restriction by a substantial amount.  Renting a dumpster for your construction project can be one of the most efficient ways of handling the large amount of debris that can be generated by these projects. Yet, you may not have used these services in the past, which may make you unsure of what to expect from this process. Knowing that asbestos can not be put in these dumpsters and how exceeding the weight limit is handled will help reduce the odds of you encountering problems when using these dumpster rental...

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3 Fun Crafts You Can Make from Scrap Metal Utensils

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Scrap metal is pretty common; you could have a broken garden chair, old hangers, or other metal items that you are not longer using. Instead of throwing these items out and letting them gather in a landfill, there are some interesting crafts you can make at home. By reusing the materials, you won’t have to spend much to make these crafts, and you can help save the environment. Here are just a few craft ideas. Jewelry One really fun activity you can do with old forks, knives, or spoons is make jewelry. Because each of these items are already made into a shaft-like shape, you simply need to bend the metal into a circular form for it to be used as a bracelet, collar-shaped necklace, or ring.  You can add to your jewelry collection’s look by purchasing a metal embossing kit. With heat and pressure, you can add letters to your new jewelry, adding names, sayings, or numbers. Message Holders Another fun item you can make out of old utensils is a letter holder. You’ll need to use old forks for this project.  Start by using a resin glue to add a small picture hanger to the back of the fork’s handle. This will be used to hang the fork up on the wall. Once you mount the fork to the wall, you can slip paperwork into the prongs. The fork’s design easily holds your papers in place.  If you’d rather use your forks on the refrigerator to hold your child’s drawings or menus for local restaurants, simply add a magnets to the back of the forks instead.  A Fishy Wind Chime Another exciting project you can make from old spoons is a fish-shaped wind chime. To start, you need to clip off the round spoon from the handle, leaving a small part of the handle in place to become the fish’s tail. Then, you’ll need to split the handle into two pieces, which become a fin each. Drill a hole for an eye at the top of the spoon’s head. Drill a second hole in the top middle section of the spoon, so you can hang the spoon from the wind chime’s frame.  These are a few different items you can make from your old scrap metal utensils. Before you throw out your scrap metal, consider all the cool things you can make. For more ideas or assistance, consult expert resources like American Northwest...

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Can Commercial Water Purification Systems Remove Sodium From Your Drinking Water?

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If you or one of your employees have high blood pressure, then you should be concerned about salt in your drinking water. Commercial companies can improve their employees’ health with a water purification system. They can choose from a variety of commercial water purification systems for sale that use water filters to remove sodium. How Does Salt Get In Your Drinking Water? When natural processes like erosion and rain occurs, salt can get into your drinking water. This occurs from rain falling on rocks which leads to eroding the surface. From the erosion of the rocks, salt is released into your environment. This results in salt getting into your drinking water from it running off into waterways. According to EPA, two-thirds of the public water supply comes from surface water like streams and lakes. This is one of the ways salt gets into the public water supply. What Systems Can Filter Out Salt? Several options are available for removing sodium from your drinking water. A reverse osmosis system works by pushing the water through a semi-permeable membrane. It also removes inorganic and organic compounds. However, reverse osmosis systems do require regular maintenance for best performance. An ion exchange system exchanges the sodium for more neutral molecules. The two most common methods used with this system are deionization and softening. This system also requires regular maintenance to stop the buildup of bacteria. Distillation offers another option. This method involves heating the water while collecting the condensed steam. The salt does not become part of the steam because it is heavier than the water. Distillation is very effective, but creates clean water at a slow rate. It also needs electricity to work. Finding the Best Solution It could be in your best interest to use two water purification systems. If hard water is a problem, then you should install a water softener for your hot water. This leaves the cold water unaffected and it can be used for your drinking water. A secondary water purification system can be installed to further remove salt and other contaminants. Many people are health conscious and are trying to find ways to lower their salt intake. If they have high blood pressure, then your employees are on a low salt diet. A big amount of your salt intake comes from food and drinking. Commercial companies can support their employees by setting up an effective water purification...

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Tracking Down Scrap Metal In Computer Systems

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If you’re changing up your computer setup or restocking a department with a new type of computer, you need to be aware of the (somewhat literal) gold mine that you could be tossing out. Don’t simply toss the computers to any random dump without first thinking about the scrap that you could trade to a scrap metal dealer. From gold contacts to rare earth metals, there’s materials you have and people who want it. Consider a few components to search as you get in contact with a scrap metal specialist: Aluminum And Steel Scrapping Modern computers may seem a lot more sleek with their plastic and acrylic cases, but the metal content hasn’t disappeared–it’s simply reduced. Many computers still have a layer of steel used to protect the inner chassis, along with an aluminum framework for inserting different components and guiding parts in with rails. As long as you remove the plastic face plates and covers, there’s still a lot of metal that can be recovered. Be careful when removing plastic, as many of the plates are guided in place by hooks that can be sharp along the edges due to hasty manufacturing processes. Gold And Tungsten On Board Motherboards and the boards used for video cards and sound cards use gold or tungsten for the efficient transfer of data. The information that moves through your computer is actually a series of on and off signals on an electrical current, of which gold is a great conductor. The amount of gold on a board isn’t much, but with so many old computers on the market just waiting to be scrapped, you can easily recover quite a bit of materials. Modern computer motherboards are rarely worth over $50 outside of research and hobby systems, which can be worth the scrapping search depending on current gold prices. If you already have a steady supply of computers to get rid of, even better. Rare Earth Magnets In Hard Drives Hard drives are used to store the information inside computers. The information is read by reader heads, which are mounted on an actuator arm and held in place by rare earth magnets. Originally, the demand for rare earth magnets in computers were low because there was the idea that hard drives would last for decades, when in reality a hard drive could crash within 2 to 5 years. As computers and hard drives in specific became cheaper, getting to these magnets became a viable scrapping tactic. The weight in a hard drive can be deceptive. In addition to the rare earth magnets, there is an aluminum chassis and shielding used to protect the hard drive platters in a vacuum. The platters in platter-based hard drives seem heavy and metal, but they’re usually made of a glass-like material that only has niche scrapping material. Don’t put the effort into dismantling unless you have a prospective buyer. Get in contact with a scrap metal professional to find out what’s in demand or contact a company like Recycling Center Inc. to see what other options you...

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Cardboard Recycling: The Basics

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With some cities putting limits on the amount of trash they will accept and other offering tax incentives to recycle, many people are trying to recycle everything that they can. Unfortunately, it is not always clear what exactly can be recycled. One of the most common types of materials that is mistakenly recycled is cardboard. Follow these tips in order to ensure that the cardboard you need to get rid of is going in the proper receptacle.   What Kind of Cardboard Cannot Be Recycled? The easiest way to figure out if your cardboard can be recycled is to rule out that it cannot be recycled. There are a few characteristics of cardboard that can’t be recycled. The first is if the cardboard has grease on it. This is because the recycling machines cannot handle the grease and properly break it down so that it can be reused. The main types of cardboard that have grease include the corrugated boxes that pizza comes in and some frozen food boxes. A second characteristic is if the box has some sort of coating on it. This coating is either a wax or a resin that makes the cardboard stronger, even when exposed to water. The purpose of the coating is to keep the cardboard from absorbing the liquid. This coating cannot be handled by the recycling machines. Common types of cardboard that have this characteristic include cartons of liquids, such as chicken broth, milk, or juice. Check the bottom of the container to see if it can be recycled. Finally, wet cardboard can only be accepted by some recycling plants. Before you recycle wet cardboard, call your local recycling center. They will be able to tell you where to deposit such an item. How Do I Get Cardboard Ready for Recycling? Once you’ve checked to make sure that your cardboard does not have any of the above characteristics, it can be recycled. The first thing that you need to do in order to get the cardboard ready for recycling is to flatten it. You don’t have to get rid of any labels because the recycling center will be able to remove them. Once the cardboard is flattened, place it in a bag or your designated recycling receptacle. The bag should be also recyclable, in order to minimize the amount of extraneous waste that the recycling center has to deal with. For more information, contact A & S Sanitation Services or a similar...

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