Stericycle Employee Safety Measures for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is an evolving situation.
Stericycle is a critical part of the healthcare industry and as part of our mission, protects health and well-being in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way. We have taken appropriate measures to keep our team members, healthcare workers, and communities safe in the wake of the global pandemic. We have a global, cross-functional team monitoring the situation to ensure precautions are taken accordingly and communicated effectively to minimize service disruptions and to continue to offer reliable, safe, and compliant medical waste disposal services.
As such, our Regulatory and Safety teams have closely monitored the outbreak of COVID-19 and are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other relevant regulatory agencies, and healthcare organization administrators to ensure we deploy the most current protocols for safe, efficient, and compliant management of all waste streams.
We will continue to service all customers, taking into account these precautions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Stericycle is providing team members with paid time off to obtain vaccinations. We are also educating all team members on the importance and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Yes, Stericycle requires that all team members answer COVID-19 symptom screening questions prior to entering our facilities. We are also enforcing social distancing and use of PPE as well as maintaining rigorous cleaning protocols.
We have changed our protocols for hospital and pharmacy waste collections to minimize risk of contact with potentially infected patients. In addition, our team members are authorized to deny pickup of wastes from customers not conforming to our waste acceptance protocols or packaging guidelines.
Yes, the waste packaging protocols have been updated per regulatory requirements. We continue to update and communicate packaging guidelines for regulated medical waste and sharps for proper waste management and minimization of occupational exposure risk.
Our Environmental Safety and Health and leadership teams are routinely communicating with our organization and providing guidance on precautionary measures for both work and home.
We are providing guidance and ongoing communication to all team members on proper risk mitigation practices including following CDC recommendations on hand hygiene, operating at safe distances, and proper use of PPE, including gloves. We continue to communicate within our organization to provide guidance on precautionary measures to minimize disease spread at home and work.
Yes, we have readied business continuity plans which include pre-designated, alternative transportation routes and treatment locations in the event of shutdowns. We are also ready to deploy operational team members to alternate locations in the event of a facility-specific staffing shortage.
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