Waste is any residue that is potentially dangerous for animal or human health, such as:
• human pathological waste: body parts, organs, and all human cells
• animal waste: body parts and all animal carcasses
Sharps waste: sharp medical utensils such as scalpels, needles, glass slides glass pipettes, broken glass which were contaminated with potentially infectious material.
To help laboratories and health care operators navigate through the rigorous legislation on hazardous waste disposal, the Department of Health has generated the following classification:
It’s non-clinical waste that’s non-infectious and doesn’t contain chemical or pharmaceutical substances, but may be disagreeable.
You must segregate and rubbish that is combined and healthcare offensive residues.
If you have produced more than 7kg of civil atomic byproducts, or have more than one bag in a set period, you must segregate it from any mixed municipal waste.
If you’ve made less, you can eliminate your municipal offensive waste in your mixed municipal waste (‘black bag’).
Plaster and wastes
Plaster byproducts are non-infectious. It should be kept separately from any plaster waste that’s infectious, which should be put in the bagged infectious waste stream.
If it’s any of the following A medication is considered to be cytostatic or cytotoxic for classification purposes:
• acutely toxic
Sharps and related byproducts
The disposal of sharps is determined by the contamination that was medicinal. To guarantee compliance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations the segregation and storage of sharps in colour coded bins and special containers is essential.
• Orange bins-For the storage and disposal of sharps not containing or contaminated with medicines, such as sharps used for blood samples and acupuncture
The storage and disposal of sharps contaminated with or containing medicines or anaesthetics
• Purple bins-For the disposal of sharps and medicines with contamination or contents
• Blue bins-For the disposal of out of date medications, used drug denaturing kits and items from use in the handling of pharmaceuticals such as boxes or bottles with residues, gloves, gloves, connecting tubes, syringe bodies and medication vials waste.
Waste from theatres requires containment that is special and must be stored, transported and disposed of as hazardous waste to ensure that there’s not any threat to human health or to the environment.
Anatomical waste includes:
• Body parts
• Blood bags and blood preserves
Laboratory photochemicals and chemicals
Hazardous chemical waste-includes:
• Wastes classified as’hazardous’ in The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 amended 2016 (Schedules 1 and 2) or in The European Waste Catalogue (EWC)’List of Wastes’.
Any health care equipment or other equipment (such as gloves, towels, used bandages and dressings, tubes) that come into contact with hazardous materials and consequently exhibit more than trace elements of these materials are themselves also classified as hazardous waste.
The Environmental Protection Act includes a’Duty of Care’ which requires all persons involved in the handling of waste to take measures to ensure that:
• Waste treated is kept, deposited or disposed of in accordance with a waste management licence or authorisation;
• Waste doesn’t escape from the holder’s control;
• Waste is just transferred to authorised persons like waste carriers or licensed disposal operations permitted to accept that type of waste;
• All transfers / movements of the waste have been accompanied by an adequate written description of the waste which will allow waste to be identified and subsequently handled.
Specialist laboratory waste disposal services are offered by all Waste Matters from commercial labs to universities, colleges and schools, to an extensive client base throughout the UK.
From our waste management facility site in Kent, we can offer collection service and a tailored laboratory waste disposal of laboratory waste and any unwanted chemicals.
We gather with our own vehicles and the Environment Agency frequently inspects our laboratory waste disposal facility.
This is essential in providing our clients with peace of mind and ensuring that the lab waste is treated in-keeping and exceeding all guidelines.