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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 aims to keep medical records and other personal health information secure — especially in this age of rapid technological development. Also known as HIPAA, this groundbreaking legislation has dramatically streamlined the transition from paper-based to electronic records while also improving the efficiency of a variety of other health care administrative functions.

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When it first became popular to have computers in the home, you didn’t have to worry about destroying sensitive data on hard drives. Now that almost everyone has some form of computer, whether it’s a PC, Apple product, cell phone, copier or tablet, you can do just about anything on the computer, including banking and paying bills. Businesses allow you to access your accounts online, including medical accounts. Many people shop online and store their credit card information on a business’s servers. Thus, it is vital that you take hard drive destruction seriously or you could find your identity stolen.

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We at South Bay Document Destruction make it easy for you to have your documents professionally shredded. You are able to choose from mobile shredding, onsite shredding services, or take advantage of our drop-off services. We also offer shredding for digital media and x-rays. South Bay Shredding also provides product destruction, including the destruction of discontinued products and product overruns.

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Businesses are always looking for more ways to increase productivity. As a company grows, it generates more paperwork. In order to deal with the growing amount of paperwork without sacrificing production, a company must have an efficient document management system in place. A digitized system can save space and time that could be spent on more important tasks than filing and searching through mountains of documents.

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Even in this era of electronic records and communication, paper documents remain plentiful in the modern workplace. Companies must maintain many physical documents to stay in compliance with laws and regulations. Because hard drives crash and backups are imperfect, it can be quite reassuring to keep your most important records in paper form. Just as you must take precautions to secure your electronic data, you should also be cautious with your paper records. Here are some good reasons why your company should shred documents:

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The name of the game when it comes to product recalls is risk management. The product itself is almost irrelevant when you consider the big picture and most importantly how to protect your company from lawsuits. Luckily there are document shredding services that also specialize in the destruction of many other products. There are document destruction companies that will also destroy products such as beauty and makeup products, defective toys, clothes, machinery, computer parts, books, and more.

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was a very important measure for securing health care eligibility and access to millions of Americans across the country, including retirees and those with existing medical conditions. Along with this expansion in health care requirements for insurance providers came a comprehensive privacy clause, meant to protect patients from third parties who may gain access to protected health information which could, in turn, leave them in a compromising position. What defines "protected health information" is very broad and includes any personal information pertaining to the patient, including where they live, their medical history and their payment history.

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To shred or not to shred, that is the question. When it comes to your identity, you shouldn’t take any chances to let a criminal steal yours. To prevent identity theft, the best way you can protect yourself is to shred any documents that might make you vulnerable to this kind of attack. Document destruction is the easiest solution to offer you security for your identity and peace of mind.

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In today’s increasingly digital world, it seems as though our whole lives are recorded. No longer are office buildings filled with paperwork, folders, and filing cabinets, but rather with hard drives and invisible files in the ‘cloud’.

Some of the largest organizations in the world rely on digital files to contain some of their most valuable and confidential information. Employee records, patents, financial records, and more are now stored on hard drives.

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Work is where you spend a lot of your time. An average desk job requires spending over 40 hours a week at a desk in an office. Since people spend so much time in these offices and at these desks, mess and clutter can quickly accumulate in the workspace. Looking to change the way your office runs and the way your office looks? Here’s how to declutter your workspace and why you should:

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