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

ive 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,
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