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Waste is any biological residue That’s potentially harmful for human or animal health, such as:

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

• animal waste: all animal carcasses and body parts

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

Sharps waste: sharp medical utensils such as scalpels, cost to remove bats from attic, needles, glass slides glass pipettes, broken glass that have been contaminated with potentially infectious material.

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

Offensive waste

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

You have to segregate both clinical and mixed rubbish and healthcare offensive residues.

If you’ve produced over 7kg of civil atomic byproducts, or have more than 1 bag in a set period, you must segregate it from any mixed municipal waste.

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

Plaster and similar wastes

Plaster byproducts are non-infectious. It needs to be kept separately from any plaster waste that’s infectious, which should be placed in the clinical waste flow that was bagged.

Waste medicines

A medicine is considered to be cytotoxic or cytostatic for classification purposes if it’s any of the following:

• acutely toxic

• carcinogenic

• mutagenic

• toxic for reproduction

Sharps and byproducts that are related

The safe management and disposal of sharps is vital to ensure the risks associated with handling sharps are eliminated and to guarantee compliance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations (Special Waste Regulations in Scotland).

The use of sharps is set by the medicinal contamination. To ensure compliance with storage of sharps in color coded bins and the Hazardous Waste Regulations the correct segregation and containers that are special is important.

• Orange bins-For the storage and disposal of sharps not containing or contaminated with medications, like 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 medications with Cyto-toxic or Cyto-static contents or contamination

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

Containment is required by anatomical waste from theatres and must be stored, transported and disposed of as hazardous waste to make sure that there is not any threat to human health or to the environment.

Anatomical waste includes:

• Body parts

• Organs

Laboratory photochemicals and chemicals

Hazardous chemical waste-includes:

• Other wastes that display one or more of the hazardous properties (HP1 to HP15) recorded in the Regulations (see the Environment Agency Guidance WM3).

Any medical equipment or other equipment (such as gloves, towels, used bandages and dressings, tubes) that 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 with the handling of waste, including producers, to take measures to ensure that:

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

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

• Waste is transferred to persons like waste carriers or disposal operations permitted to take that type of waste;

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

All Waste Matters provide specialist laboratory waste disposal services from industrial labs to universities, colleges and schools, to an extensive customer base throughout the UK.

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

We gather with our own vehicles and the Environment Agency often inspects our lab waste disposal facility that is licensed.

This is essential in providing our customers and ensuring that the lab waste is handled in-keeping and exceeding all guidelines.

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