With a new permit approval, SWS Environmental Services (SWSES) is able to transport and manage medical waste associated with the treatment of the Ebola virus, it announced Wednesday.
To achieve approval, the company's carrier safety practices and previous case were investigated thoroughly by officials from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Office of Hazardous Materials and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
"The acquisition of this new permit allows us to more effectively and efficiently manage transportation movements of medical and bio-hazardous waste," Greg Williams, director of environmental compliance for SWSES, said. "We have uniquely positioned ourselves to service the communities, in which we live, should an emergency response situation warrant our continually demonstrated professional services."
Only 17 other companies hold this special permit designation.
Following cases of the Ebola virus that had been treated in the U.S., there were issues regarding the safe transport and disposal of medical waste. This was due
to very few companies being authorized to dispose of this material. Being able to provide this service allows for more medical waste to be managed should the need arise, the company states.