What Is Clinical Waste?

18th June 2015

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Clinical waste covers any item of waste that could pose a threat to the health and safety of the public if it is not disposed of correctly. Whether your company is a hospital, GP surgery, dentist or veterinary clinic among many other industries, it is absolutely crucial that you have a suitable waste management plan in place to adequately cope with the different types of waste that you are throwing away.

Needles, used dressings and medicines all come under the banner of ‘clinical waste’, which is defined as:

1. Any waste consisting wholly or partly of human or animal tissue, blood or other body fluids, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings, or syringes, needles or other sharp instruments, being waste which unless rendered safe may prove hazardous to any person coming into contact with it; and
2. Any waste arising from medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical or similar practices, 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. (http://www.eauc.org.uk/page.php?subsite=waste&page=clinical_waste)

Sharps Container - clinical waste disposal

It is, therefore, absolutely vital that these items are stored in an appropriate way prior to being collected by your waste management company. We at 707 know how important this is and we are proud to work to exceptionally high standards which are also regulated by the Health and Safety Executive, you can read more about these regulations for the carriage of clinical waste here.

By working with local experts around the country, we can provide safe and professional clinical waste collections for your company which you know will be treated responsibly. Wherever you are, one of our fantastic teams in your area will be able to work with you and tailor a waste management plan which meets the needs of your business, keeping you, your staff, your patients and the wider public as safe as can possibly be. We can also discuss any other needs that you have outside of clinical waste, such as recycling, food waste and the destruction of confidential materials is required.

For a chat with our expert advisers, call 707 Resource Management today and let us help you to manage your waste as efficiently as possible.

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