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Dangers of Bio-hazardous Waste in Health Care
Emissions from medical waste incineration release dioxins, furans and other harmful substances. Landfills also create public health risks. Unprocessed red bag waste emits potentially hazardous disease and toxins into our communities. Within the healthcare industry, actual documented medical waste generation from the WHO (World Health Organization) statistics for North America alone is approximately 6lbs/person/year, which is an astounding 1,108,000 tons per year and growing. As early as 1994, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified medical waste incineration as the leading source of dioxin, a potent carcinogen (dioxin is one of 12 chemicals targeted for elimination under a new United Nations treaty on persistent organic pollutants). At ORA we generate ZERO bio-hazardous waste by utilizing cutting-edge technology with the Demolizer II, which provides a simple, effective solution to biomedical waste management at the point of generation, and eliminates the possibility of sharps and red bag biomedical waste being disposed of directly into our environment. Unlike incineration, the dry heat technology used by the Demolizer® II does not emit harmful fumes into our atmosphere. Because processed waste is sterile, and sharps are rendered unrecognizable, dangers from toxic exposure or needle sticks are eliminated.