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Most offices have a records retention schedule that determines how long the office has to keep client or patient records. At the end of the retention time, the office may shred the files if the clients or patients do not want them. Personnel should use proper procedures for document destruction of those documents and files that have an expired retention time. For example, the law requires many law offices to retain client files for at least seven years. At the end of seven years, the office may destroy the files if the client does not want them.
Medical businesses and some other businesses are required to keep records for a certain period of time pursuant to HIPPA regulations. Additionally, when it's time to get rid of those records, these businesses must dispose of medical documents and other personal or confidential documents in such a manner so that no person may recover the documents. While North Carolina has no state law dictating how long a business must keep client or patient files, federal laws and regulations do.
Many businesses have confidential files that must be destroyed daily as those files reach the end of their retention schedule. Shredding these documents with a small office shredder not only takes up employee time but if the shredder is not a cross-cut shredder, it is possible for someone to recreate the documents. Carolina Shred provides locked shredding bins and on site shredding for businesses so that office personnel may dispose of old documents in a safe manner with less cost. Business shredding with Carolina Shred also saves a business money.