June 26, 2020

PPE Disposal: Keeping Employees and Customers Safe as America Returns to Work

As states lift shelter-in-place restrictions, businesses are beginning to open back up. However, like many aspects of our lives, our workplaces look a little different now than they did a few months ago.

A lot of companies are adopting modified work environments to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and safeguard employees and customers. To do this, they are implementing a range of precautions, including setting up workstations that are six feet apart, conducting daily temperature checks, engaging in on-site testing and requiring the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gloves and face shields.

As part of this effort, companies are considering how to treat the PPE and testing supplies involved in virus prevention. Out of an abundance of caution, many are opting to classify these materials as regulated medical waste (RMW), which requires a special type of waste container and a specific process for safe and secure disposal and treatment.

Although this strategy is not required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or any other regulatory body, it can give your company and employees peace of mind that you are diligent about keeping materials and PPE that may have come into contact with COVID-19, out of the municipal waste stream.

Managing PPE Waste in the Workplace

At Stericycle, we are proud to help businesses support their employees’ well-being and comfort amid the challenges of COVID-19. We offer simple, safe and scalable solutions to dispose of used PPE and testing materials from businesses of all sizes, helping reduce the risk of virus spread within the workplace.

Our full-service program includes disposable cardboard regulated medical waste containers, which can be placed at convenient locations around a facility. We offer flexible scheduling and will work with you and your organization to determine pickup times and frequency that best meet your needs.

Our national footprint of treatment facilities and drivers allows us to rapidly mobilize and adapt to your company’s changing needs. If your organization does not generate a large volume of contaminated waste, you may opt to participate in the self-service program. Customers receive receptacles for collecting the materials and then can mail back full containers using a prepaid return shipping box.

Waste Management Expertise You Can Rely On

For more than 30 years, we have delivered innovative business solutions that protect people and brands, promote health and safeguard the environment. Because we lead the field in compliant regulated medical waste management, you can count on us to help you promote a safe and healthful environment for employees and customers.

We are constantly working to stay abreast of the latest developments regarding COVID-19 and are applying our deep knowledge and expertise to help organizations successfully navigate this unprecedented time. For more information on how Stericycle can keep your team safe, visit our hub on PPE in the Workplace.  

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