What Is Bio-Hazardous Waste?

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Biohazardous waste is any biological residue That’s potentially dangerous for animal or human health, such as:

• human waste: all tissues, organs, and body parts

• animal waste: all animal carcasses and body parts

• microbiological waste: lab byproducts containing infectious agents (including lost specimen cultures, stocks of etiologic agents, discarded live and attenuated viruses, wildlife removal company, wastes from the production of biologicals and serums, disposable culture dishes, and devices used to transfer, inoculate and mix cultures)

Sharps waste: sharp utensils such as scalpels, needles, glass slides, lancets, glass pipettes, broken glass that have been contaminated with potentially infectious material.

To help healthcare operators and laboratories navigate through the strict legislation on waste disposal, the Department of Health has created the following classification:

Offensive waste

It is non-clinical waste thatdoesn’t contain chemical or pharmaceutical substances and’s non-infectious, but might be unpleasant.

You have to segregate and rubbish that is combined and healthcare offensive residues.

If you have produced over 7kg of civil atomic byproducts, or have more than one bag in a collection period, you need to segregate it from any mixed municipal waste.

If you have produced less, you can dispose of your municipal offensive waste in your mixed municipal waste (‘black bag’).

Plaster and wastes

Most 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 clinical waste stream.

Waste medicines

If it is any of the following, A medication is considered to be cytostatic or cytotoxic for classification purposes:

• acutely toxic

• carcinogenic

• mutagenic

• toxic for reproduction

Sharps and byproducts

The use of sharps is determined by the medicinal contamination. To ensure compliance with storage of sharps in colour coded bins and the Hazardous Waste Regulations the right segregation and containers is essential.

• Orange bins-For the storage and disposal of sharps not containing or contaminated with medicines, like sharps used for acupuncture and blood samples

The storage and disposal of sharps contaminated with or containing medicines or anaesthetics

• Purple bins-For the disposal of medications and sharps with Cyto-static or Cyto-toxic contents or contamination

• Blue bins-For the disposal of out of date medications, medication denaturing kits that are used and items from use of pharmaceuticals such as boxes or bottles with medication vials and residues, gloves, gloves, connecting tubes, syringe bodies waste.

Anatomical waste from operating theatres requires containment and must be stored, transported and disposed of as hazardous waste to ensure that there is no threat to human health or to the environment.

Waste includes:

• Body parts

• Organs

• Blood bags and blood preserves

Laboratory chemicals and photochemicals

• Wastes classified as’hazardous’ at The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 amended 2016 (Schedules 1 and 2) or at The European Waste Catalogue (EWC)’List of Wastes’.

Any health care supplies or other equipment (such as gloves, towels, used bandages and dressings, tubes) that have come into contact with hazardous materials and consequently display more than trace elements of those materials are also classified as toxic waste.

The Environmental Protection Act includes a’Duty of Care’ which requires all persons involved in the handling of waste, including manufacturers, to take measures to ensure that:

• Waste treated, is kept, deposited or disposed of in accordance with a waste management licence or authorisation;

• Waste does not escape from the holder’s control;

• Waste is transferred to persons such as disposal operations allowed to take that type of waste or registered waste carriers;

• All transfers / movements of the waste are accompanied by an adequate description of the waste that will allow waste handled correctly and then to be identified.

Specialist laboratory waste disposal services are offered by all Waste Matters from labs to universities, colleges and schools, to a broad customer base throughout the UK.

From our licensed waste management facility site in Kent, we can offer a tailored lab waste disposal and collection service of laboratory waste and any chemicals.

We gather with our vehicles and our laboratory waste disposal facility that is licensed is inspected by the Environment Agency.

This is vital in providing our clients with peace of mind and ensuring that the lab waste is treated in-keeping and exceeding all guidelines.

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