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Kennedy Group Applies Its Packaging Expertise to Reusable Labeling in Handling Biomedical Waste Disposal
Date:3/10/2009

Cost-effective answer to the challenges of packaging traceability posed by regulated medical waste

CLEVELAND, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kennedy Group, a leader in label, packaging, promotion and identification for three decades, applies its unique placard identification reusable labeling solution to meet stringent regulatory standards for identifying and tracking reusable waste containers for biomedical waste. Subject to governmental regulations, medical waste and sharps waste (needles, syringes, etc.) packaging must be carefully stored, transported and clearly identified before destruction. Risks to healthcare professionals as well as environmental issues demand that this packaging be traceable from waste generation through destruction. With this reusable labeling solution, The Kennedy Group addresses the host of cradle-to-grave identification challenges posed by regulated medical waste (RMW) packaging, including the application of labels to reusable containers and to containers with irregular surfaces.

The Kennedy Group uses its placard identification solution to assist medical facilities and firms in the medical waste industry to effectively use bar code labels as part of packaging traceability requirements. These requirements have been established by regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). To create this solution, The Kennedy Group drew on its expertise in creating packaging answers for other customers and on the placard identification's appeal in the food, retail, automotive and pharmaceutical industries.

For example, one medical-waste disposal company selected the placard identification solution to facilitate its labeling and bar coding on reusable containers and, consequently, its lot control with customers at medical facilities, according to Patrick Kennedy, vice president of marketing and sales. "They use it to put a bar code on a container, scan that bar code and enter it as part of lot control data," he explained. "The bar code can be removed and then a new bar code can be placed on the container."

The placard identification solution, using a variety of adhesive label types, specifically addresses irregular container surfaces and the problems associated with affixing new labels over old ones, which often generates inaccurate reading of the bar code and misidentified medical wastes and disposal destinations.

This placard identification solution remains durable through various washing processes -- a critical advantage in any regulated waste-disposal system that relies on sterilization before a container's reuse. With Kennedy Group Placards, bar code data can be attached. That includes type of waste, where the container is from, when the container is received, when the container is picked up, which department generated the waste and when the waste is destroyed. With the Kennedy Group Placard system's uniform surface, the containers can be labeled repeatedly with no old, half-torn labels remaining on the container. Employees do not spend time scraping or washing off old labels. The placard identification solution performs well in both indoor and outdoor environments.

While the placard identification solution is part of a packaging validation process familiar to other industries, it is now being applied in the toughest of regulatory environments, Kennedy said. "There are some interesting problems with medical waste disposal and identification," he noted. "First, wastes like sharps must be stored and transported in puncture-proof containers. The containers must be clearly identified with the international biomedical hazard symbol. A problem arises because many of these containers do not offer a uniform surface to attach any type of label. A second problem is that typically these are reusable containers, which require that old labels be removed and new labels attached. The placard identification solution provides a uniform surface that can easily be attached to the container. This surface allows for easy placement and easy removal of labels."

The Kennedy Group's Logistics Division can provide additional information on the Placard ID solution for biomedical waste disposal identification applications. Call 440-951-7660, or visit the Web site, www.kennedygroup.com.

About The Kennedy Group

With more than 30 years of experience, The Kennedy Group provides a variety of groundbreaking innovations in pressure-sensitive, promotional and roll-fed/ROSO shrink film packaging solutions that create unique shelf appeal and powerful branding solutions. Its customers are leading consumer and industrial marketing companies in industries spanning automotive, biomedical and consumer packaged goods. The Kennedy Group's Logistics Division provides specific identification solutions for reusable containers, racks and pallet storage areas. In addition, the company also offers front-page advertising and promotional-response programs. With its comprehensive manufacturing and testing facility in Ohio, The Kennedy Group provides a single-source solution for packaging, advertising and RFID tags, as well as printers and applicators. To learn more visit www.kennedygroup.com.

    Contact:
    Patrick Kennedy
    VP, Marketing and Sales
    440-951-7660
    pkennedy@kennedygrp.com


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