How To Shred Medical X-Rays

Medical Records shredding

There are several reasons for medical practices to recycle X-rays. First and foremost, X-rays are dangerous for humans and other animals. The other reason is to comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). HIPAA requires medical practices to permanently dispose of all patient medical records, which includes X-rays. Recycling X-rays will ensure that they are unreadable. Boston area medical firms, dentists, and Chiropractors have trusted Neighborhood Parcel to handle all their medical document shredding services. Why? because the service is safe, HIPAA-compliant, and affordable! We have the strongest chain of custody in the industry, we account for your medical documents from the minute we pick them up until final destruction. Then, we send you a Notarized Certificate Of Destruction for your peace of mind and proof that everything was handled in accordance with the latest HIPAA rules and regulations.

Silver is a valuable metal

It is important to know how to properly shred X-rays. There are two major problems associated with X-rays: they are highly toxic and can damage home shredders. Luckily, there are ways to properly destroy them that will not harm the environment. X-rays can be recycled or sold to a refinery to be turned into precious metals.

X-rays contain private medical information

The proper disposal of x-rays is essential to protect patient privacy and the environment. These films contain sensitive medical information and should only be destroyed or shredded by a certified x-ray recycling company. A certificate confirming proper destruction is also required for tax purposes. Neighborhood Parcel will help you shred all of your medical X-rays and protect your patient’s PHI data while saving you time and money. To get started, you can either request a free shredding quote here or call us at 978-636-0301. You can also take advantage of our convenient drop-off service where you bring the material to our office at 1215 Main St, Tewksbury MA 01876, and save even more $$!

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They are radioactive

If you’re a healthcare provider, you know how important it is to properly dispose of x-rays. This type of medical waste is deemed hazardous, and proper disposal will protect the environment. Fortunately, there are a few easy steps you can take to ensure you properly dispose of your x-rays.

They are classified as hazardous waste

X-rays are a hazardous waste because they contain silver compounds that can be poisonous if ingested or inhaled. The compounds can damage the skin, lungs, and kidneys, and can cause death in excessive amounts. Additionally, overexposure to them can result in comas and other life-threatening conditions.

They can destroy home shredders

Although home shredders can destroy sensitive documents and information, they are not an acceptable means of disposing of X-rays. These films contain a variety of hazardous materials and must be disposed of properly to prevent harm to the environment. A professional shredding service is the safest, most secure, and most cost-effective way to destroy X-rays. They also offer custom destruction services to meet your specific needs. To ensure a safe and efficient disposal process, look for a company that offers a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement and provides an immediate certificate of destruction.

They are a toxic leachate

X-rays are classified as hazardous waste because they contain silver materials that can cause sickness and even death if consumed in large quantities. These materials can cause damage to the skin, lungs, and kidneys. Moreover, overexposure can put people into comas. This is why it is important to properly dispose of these wastes. The same goes for dental foil and lead aprons.

They can be recycled

If you have x-rays left over after a procedure, you can recycle them. You may be unsure about the safety of doing this, but if you follow certain guidelines, you can ensure that they are properly disposed of. There are a number of programs that are available to help you dispose of x-rays in a responsible manner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I watch My Documents Being Shredded?2020-02-25T21:01:09-05:00

Where Can I drop-off my old documents and watch them being shredded?

Neighborhood Parcel offers a convenient and affordable Witnessed Shredding Service Plan. You can arrange to drop-off your sensitive documents at the Neighborhood Parcel of Tewksbury MA where you can arrange to watch them being shredded in real-time for your peace of mind. Appointments are required, service has a $75 minimum.

How soon can I schedule shredding service?2016-10-23T09:17:50-04:00

We like to say YES. As often as we can! We know that your time is valuable that is why we offer document shredding service 7 days a week! You drop off at our location or we come to you for pick up, we make shredding service convenient and affordable.

We often can schedule shredding service in 24 to 48 Hrs and some occasions same day service. You simply call us at (978)636-0301 or visit our Document shredding Service website to make online shredding reservation.

How do you destroy CDs and DVD’s?2022-10-12T23:04:10-04:00

We offer secure shredding and destruction of CDs and DVDs. The material is shredded or Incinerated. All Media such as CDs DVDs and Hard Drive must be kept separate from the rest of material to be shredded. We prefer keeping the material in a box and marked “Media” because we handle media destruction through a separate stream.

Do I need to sort the paper? Remove Staples?2014-10-27T22:21:06-04:00

No. Our employees are trained to quickly and accurately shred the material. Also, you do not need to remove paper clips, staples or binder clips. Our industrial shredder is equipped to handle paper clips and staples.

We accept your material in:

  1. Plastic Bins
  2. Boxes
  3. Bags
  4. Leaf Bags
  5. Loose
Are the documents Recycled upon destruction?2014-10-27T22:18:53-04:00

Yes, we recycle 100% of the shredded documents. CD’s and Non recyclables will get incinerated.

We store our records so why do we need a shredding service?2016-10-14T10:53:19-04:00

The period of time that business records are stored should be determined by a retention schedule that takes into consideration the records’ usefulness to the business as well as legal requirements. From a risk management perspective, once this period has passed, the only acceptable way of discarding these records is to destroy them using a method that ensures complete destruction. Oftentimes, documenting the exact date and method used for destruction is not only prudent but a legal requirement.

We have an in-house office shredder so why would I need your service?2014-10-27T22:16:15-04:00

A-It is much more cost-effective to deal with us. Amortization of a shredder, as well as labor, maintenance and disposal costs are usually much higher than expected – not to mention the noise, mess and dust produced by an office shredder and the fact that employees need to separate paper, remove paper clips and staples, etc. In fact, we can guarantee a minimum 25% savings when compared to the cost of using your in-house shredder.

Is the shredding process secure?2024-01-23T10:34:16-05:00

Yes. Document shredding process takes place in a secured environment. Limited access to storage facility, all employees are screened and undergo criminal background checks regularly. Business is Endorsed by BBB and BNBA Chamber Of Commerce. Public Notary to witness the shredding and signs off the certificate of destruction. The certificate will be mailed to you with 10 days of custody date.

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Founded in 2006, Neighborhood Parcel developed a reputation for excellent service at affordable prices. We became the leading document shredding center in the Boston MA area thanks to the continuos referrals and our low flat rates. Our Mission is to be a solid partner in the business community and to offer affordable shredding service alternative for residents and small businesses. One pount of personal documents or a public storage location full of medical X-rays, we have the right shredding plan to fit your needs. With rates starting 89 Cents /Lbs, you simply cannot go wrong! For reservations and Customer service, call (978)636-0301
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