Our healthcare waste management service caters for every type of waste your organisation is likely to produce (clinical waste, pharmaceuticals, sharps, dental waste, controlled drugs). Whether you represent a hospital that requires a daily service or an acupuncturist that needs a couple of visits per year, our service schedules are tailored to meet your precise requirements.
The second edition of Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 07-01 has just been published. It provides an update to HTM 07-01 first published in 2006. If you or your colleagues are involved with the generation, disposal, segregation or management of healthcare waste then it is important they acknowledge and are aware of these changes. The key areas of change include:
Greater focus on segregation required.
The integration of new sector guides on GPs and dental practices.
Focus on practical advice and examples for classifying waste.
Confirmation of amended colour coding to assist segregation.
At T.C. Bibby we recognise our duty as your existing waste provider to ensure you are aware of these important changes.Clinical and hazardous waste
Clinical and hazardous waste
The definition of clinical waste is provided by the Controlled Waste Regulations (issued under the Environment Protection Act)
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
- 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 heathcare 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 = hazardous waste however there is just two possible exceptions:
- segregated non-cytotoxic and non-cytostatic medicines (that is, from human (18.01.09) or animal healthcare (18.02.08) and manufacturing, or separate fractions of out-patient-returned medicines (20.01.32);
- clinical waste from municipal sources that are not in any way directly or indirectly associated with healthcare (for example needles and swabs from cosmetic body art or piercing, sharps drug litter and minor first aid or cosmetic procedures that do not involve or require a medical or para-medical practitioner legally recognised to treat patients) and that are similar to household waste. These are classified as non-hazardous solely because the only available EWC (20.01.99) is an absolute non-hazardous entry in the EWC.
Any clinical waste, other than these two exceptions, being moved as a non-hazardous waste would indicate that the waste has been incorrectly classified by the producer, the holder or waste.