Clinical waste is produced in healthcare activities and needs to be disposed of legally and safely.
Clinical waste must be packaged, handled and collected under controlled conditions and cannot be disposed of with other wastes. There are legally enforced regulations covering every step in the clinical waste management process.
The Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 07-01 is a guide for those involved in the management and disposal of healthcare waste it describes clinical waste as:
“The definition of clinical waste is provided by the Controlled Waste Regulations (issued under the Environmental Protection Act) and in Northern Ireland by the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order.
Clinical waste is defined as “. . . any waste which consists wholly or partly of human or animal tissue, blood or other body fluids, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings, syringes, needles or other sharp instruments, being waste which unless rendered safe may prove hazardous to any person coming into contact with it; and b. any other waste arising from medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical or similar practice, investigation, treatment, care, teaching or research, or the collection of blood for transfusion, being waste which may cause infection to any person coming into contact with it.”
Clinical waste can be divided into three broad groups of materials:
- Any healthcare waste which poses a risk of infection (and therefore by definition possesses the hazardous property H9 Infectious);
- Certain healthcare wastes which pose a chemical hazard (for example one of H1 to H8, H10 to H15);
- Medicines and medicinally-contaminated waste containing a pharmaceutically-active agent..”
Clinical waste must be ‘rendered safe’ to remove the risks that it poses. Albus Collection and disposal service always make sure that you remain compliant with the latest regulations and above all helps protecs your staff, patients and community from the risks involved with clinical waste
All waste is managed by Albus and is collected on all of our own vehicles with no sub-contractors or agency staff used.