Disposing and managing clinical waste in the correct way is very important for any organisation that produces waste that is deemed as hazardous. In the UK there are clear laws in place which govern the way clinical waste is dealt with to protect both the environment and people from harm.
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at how your organisation should deal with the disposal of clinical waste to make sure waste is being managed safely and effectively.
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What is Clinical Waste?
Clinical waste is any waste that contains human or animal substances, such as body fluids, used dressing, syringes or needles, as well as pharmaceutical products. This waste is deemed as hazardous, and therefore must be disposed of in the correct way. Failure to do so could result in harm being caused to staff or members of the public who come into contact with the waste.
A number of different institutions produce clinical waste on a regular basis, such as hospitals, doctors and dental surgeries, nursing homes and veterinary practices. Any facility that produces clinical waste has a duty of care to make sure that the waste is disposed of safely.
Clinical Waste Disposal Regulations UK
There is strict government legislation in place in the UK to control the way clinical waste is disposed of. The Environment Protection Act 1990 is the main regulation that governs the disposal of clinical waste and states that any facility that produces clinical waste must make sure that it is managed in the correct way to ensure waste is correctly segregated, stored, transported and disposed of.
If you own or manage a facility that produces clinical waste, then it is important to be aware of government legislation and understand what needs to be done to ensure that the legislation is being adhered too. Failure to do so can result in your business facing prosecution.
Safe Clinical Waste Disposal
There are a number of steps that should be taken to ensure that clinical waste is disposed of and managed safely. Clinical waste must be correctly segregated, stored and packaged. This process is to protect staff and members of the public from accidentally coming into contact with clinical waste, which could cause harm.
The waste then needs to be collected and safely transported to an authorised clinical waste disposal site. In addition to this, appropriate documentation must be filled out.
All of these different steps are vital to make sure that clinical waste is being dealt with in the correct way to ensure safety and adherence to government legislation. Dealing with clinical waste is not a simple procedure and this is why it makes sense to outsource the disposal of clinical waste to waste disposal experts.
Clinical Waste Experts
Citron Hygiene provide professional clinical waste disposal solutions that will ensure your organisation complies with strict government legislation when it comes to the disposal of clinical waste.
Our hygiene technicians are highly trained, and we also employ individuals that have a complete understanding of waste disposal legislation, meaning they will be able to take complete care of the clinical waste management process. This means you can rest assured that the clinical waste your organisation produces is disposed of in the correct manner. Our flexible waste disposal service can be tailored to your business’ exact requirements and needs.
Contact the team today to find out more about our clinical waste disposal services.