Waste is any biological residue that is potentially harmful for human or animal health, such as:
• human waste: all tissues, organs, and body components
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, 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, needles, glass slides glass pipettes which were contaminated with infectious material.
To help health care operators and laboratories browse through the legislation on hazardous waste disposal, Raccoon In Attic, the Department of Health has created the following classification:
It is non-clinical waste that’s non-infectious and does not contain substances, but may be unpleasant.
You have to segregate and rubbish that is mixed and healthcare offensive residues.
If you have produced over 7kg of civil atomic byproducts, or have more than 1 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 on your mixed municipal waste (‘black bag’).
Plaster and wastes
Plaster byproducts are non-infectious. It needs to be kept separately from any rust waste that is infectious, which must be put in the clinical waste flow that was bagged.
If it’s some of the following A medication is considered to be cytostatic or cytotoxic for classification purposes:
• acutely toxic
• 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 ensure compliance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations (Special Waste Regulations in Scotland).
The contamination that was medicinal determines the use of sharps. To guarantee compliance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations the segregation and storage of sharps in color coded bins and containers is essential.
• Orange bins-For the storage and disposal of sharps contaminated with medicines, like sharps used for acupuncture and blood samples or not containing
The storage and disposal of sharps contaminated with or containing medicines or anaesthetics
• Purple bins-For the disposal of sharps and medications with contamination or Cyto-static or Cyto-toxic contents
• Blue bins-For the use of out of date drugs, medication denaturing kits that are used and items from usage of pharmaceuticals such as boxes or bottles with medication vials and residues, gloves, gloves, connecting tubes, syringe bodies Anatomical waste.
Anatomical waste from operating theatres requires containment and must be stored, transported and disposed of as hazardous waste to make sure that there is not any risk to the environment or to human health.
Anatomical waste includes:
• Body parts
• Blood bags and blood preserves
Laboratory photochemicals and chemicals
• Other wastes which exhibit one or more of the hazardous properties (HP1 to HP15) listed in the Regulations (see the Environment Agency Guidance WM3).
Any health care equipment or other equipment (such as gloves, towels, used bandages and dressings, tubes) that have come into contact with toxic materials and consequently exhibit more than trace elements of those materials are themselves 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 producers, to take measures that are appropriate and reasonable 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 transferred to authorised persons like registered waste carriers or licensed 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 correctly and subsequently to be identified.
Specialist laboratory waste disposal services are offered by all Waste Matters 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 lab waste and any undesirable chemicals.
We gather with our own vehicles and the Environment Agency frequently inspects our licensed lab waste disposal facility.
This is vital in providing our clients and ensuring that the laboratory waste is treated in-keeping and exceeding all guidelines.