If you are like me and have been relying on your office personal shredder to destroy your old records and protect your identity, then you must know how time absorbing this task can be. In addition to the noise and the constant blood boiling paper jams! So when I heard that there are commercial companies in my Boston MA neighborhood, I was relieved! Now, I can pay a professional company to destroy my old files and computer media for a fraction of the cost of personal shredder. Better yet, I don’t have to waste my Saturday afternoons in front of the shredder.
y Love-hate relationship with my personal office shredder started a while back while I was working at Medical Firm in Boston MA. As the junior rep, I was always assigned to shred medical records and patients files. The office manager thought that having us shred documents and Xrays was saving the practice money, but she was wrong!
Here is a list of personal documents you should be shredding before throwing out. When in doubt, a good rule of thumb is to shred anything containing: Your name, your signatures, account numbers, social security numbers, credit card offers, and any legal or medical data such as X-rays or medical reports.
If you are like me, you must have no storage space left or paying extra to store those old file boxes! I closed my personal medical practice years ago and I had to hold onto the patient’s records for a minimum of 7 years. Because of the small apartment space I had in Boston, Real Estate was at a premium and I was forced to rent a storage space in Newton and paid over $200 / Month to maintain it!