Medical waste that falls into your elevator pit can spread viruses and bacteria, find out how to safely remove it
After COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to limit the spread of viruses.
Whether you’re a first responder, work at a hospital, nursing home, veterinary clinic, or medical building, chances are you are producing medical waste.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers medical waste to be a subset of wastes generated at health care facilities, like hospital waste.
This can be broadly classified as items that come into contact with body fluids such as paper towels, wipes, gloves, syringes without needles, bandages or dressings.
As careful as one can be with medical waste, accidents happen.
Elevator pits, for example, are a magnet for collecting trash and items that fall through the elevator lift cracks.
At health care facilities, medical waste is a contributing factor to the trash found in an elevator pit.
In addition to medical waste, water also tends to make its way into elevator pits.
As water fills up in the pit, it mixes with any trash, medical waste, or oils used for the elevator mechanics. Creating a messy hazardous waste environment.
The accumulated water in the pit alone can pose safety concerns, such as becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes, rusting elevator parts, and possible electrical malfunctions.
If water combines with the medical waste, it increases the chance of spreading bloodborne pathogens or harmful disease causing bacteria, putting passengers, health care workers, and elevator pit technicians’ health at high risk.
What should you do if there is medical waste in your elevator pit?
To maximize your safety and the safety of others, refrain from handling or disposing of your elevator pit’s medical waste without proper equipment or training.
For best results, and to help decrease the spread of viruses and bacteria, call certified medical waste disposal services that can access your pit safely for waterproofing.
Waterproofing your elevator pit is the easiest way to keep it safe and dry long term.
As an industry leading elevator pit waterproofing company, TG Oil Services is trained and certified to dispose of medical waste and oily water.
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Not to mention, after properly cleaning, restoring, and waterproofing your elevator pit, you will be protected with a
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Written by: Erika Lorenzo