Clinical Waste Disposal

Following the guidance of The Department of Health’s HTM 07-01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste Memorandum, Reconomy, working with trusted supply partners, follow a color-coded guide to categorise this type of hazardous and non-hazardous waste found in clinical waste streams.

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Disposal of clinical waste regulations uk

Clinical waste management refers to any waste type that is commonly generated by our customers in the medical and care. Medical waste materials require specialist segregation and disposal when organising a clinical waste collection, and Reconomy are the company to help you with any commercial waste collections.

When it comes to clinical waste management, Reconomy recognises the importance that all clinical waste collection and disposal must comply with the UK’s strict compliance and regulations, which is why we help customers all across the country meet the criteria.

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  1. contains viable microorganisms that can cause disease in humans
  2. Contaminated with medicine or biologically active pharmaceutical agent
  3. Sharps, body fluid or other biological material contaminated with a dangerous substance
  1. Segregated non-cytotoxic or non-cytostatic medicines
  2. Clinical waste from municipal sources nor directly associated with healthcare (e.g. needles swabs from piercing/tattoo studios)
  3. Anatomical waste that has no risk of infection
  4. Non-haz sharps (but may still be classed as dangerous goods)

Clinical waste, also known as medical waste or healthcare waste, is any waste that may pose a threat of infection to human health. This can include waste materials such as discarded needles, syringes, blood-soaked bandages, and more.

Proper disposal of clinical waste is crucial to prevent the spread of infections and diseases. It helps protect healthcare workers, patients, and the human health of the general public from potential risks associated with exposure to infectious waste.

Healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and medical offices, are usually responsible for the clinical waste management within their premises. They must adhere to regulations and guidelines set forth by local authorities.

Yes, various regulations and guidelines govern the disposal of clinical waste in the UK. Healthcare facilities must comply with these regulations to ensure safe and environmentally responsible disposal practices. If your business needs assistance with clinical waste disposal that meets legislation, please get in touch.

Handling clinical waste requires proper training and adherence to safety protocols. It’s essential that your workforce is using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves and face masks, when handling potentially infectious materials.

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