Biohazardous waste is any biological residue That’s potentially harmful for human or animal health, such as:
• human blood and its components, in liquid or semi-liquid form, dried or not • human bodily fluids (including semen, vaginal secretions, cerebral spinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, and saliva), in liquid or semi-liquid form, dried or not
• human pathological waste: all human cells, organs, and body parts
• 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, lancets, glass pipettes, broken glass which were contaminated with potentially infectious material.
To help laboratories and health care operators browse through the rigorous legislation on hazardous waste disposal, the Department of Health has generated the following classification:
It is non-clinical waste that’s non-infectious and does not contain chemical or pharmaceutical substances, but may be unpleasant to anyone who comes into contact with it.
You have to segregate health offensive residues from both clinical and mixed municipal rubbish.
If you’ve produced over 7kg of civil atomic byproducts, or have more than one bag in a collection period, you must segregate it from any mixed municipal waste.
If you have made less, you can eliminate your municipal offensive waste on your mixed municipal waste (‘black bag’).
Plaster and similar wastes
Most plaster byproducts are non-infectious. It should be kept separately from any rust waste that’s infectious, which must be placed in the bagged infectious clinical waste flow.
A medication is considered to be cytotoxic or cytostatic for classification purposes if it is some of the following:
• acutely toxic
• toxic for reproduction
The safe management and disposal of sharps is very important to ensure the risks associated with handling sharps are removed 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 the Hazardous Waste Regulations the correct segregation and storage of sharps in colour coded bins and special containers is important.
• Orange bins-For the storage and disposal of sharps not containing or contaminated with medicines, like sharps used for blood samples and acupuncture
• Yellow bins-For the storage and disposal of sharps contaminated with or containing medicines or anaesthetics
• Purple bins-For the disposal of sharps and medicines with Cyto-toxic or Cyto-static contents or contamination
• Blue bins-For the use of out of date drugs, used drug denaturing kits and lost items from usage in the handling of pharmaceuticals such as bottles or boxes with residues, gloves, gloves, connecting tubes, syringe bodies and medication vials Anatomical waste.
Anatomical waste from operating theatres requires special containment and must be stored, transported and disposed of as hazardous waste to ensure that there’s no risk to human health or to the environment.
Anatomical waste includes:
• Body parts
Hazardous chemical waste-includes:
• Wastes classified as’hazardous’ in The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 amended 2016 (Schedules 1 and 2) or in The European Waste Catalogue (EWC)’List of Wastes’.
• Other wastes which 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 have come into contact with hazardous materials and consequently exhibit more than trace elements of those materials are also classified as hazardous waste.
The Environmental Protection Act includes a’Duty of Care’ which requires all persons involved with the handling of waste, including manufacturers, to take appropriate and reasonable measures to ensure that:
• Waste is only kept, treated, deposited or disposed of in accordance with a waste management licence or other authorisation;
• Waste doesn’t escape from the control of the holder;
• Waste is only transferred to authorised persons such as registered waste carriers or licensed disposal operations allowed to take that type of waste;
• All transfers / movements of this waste are accompanied by an adequate written description of the waste which will allow waste to be identified and subsequently handled properly.
All Waste Matters provide specialist laboratory waste disposal services to an extensive client base throughout the UK, from commercial labs to schools, colleges and universities.
From our fully licensed waste management facility site in Kent, we can provide a tailored lab waste disposal and collection service of any unwanted chemicals and laboratory waste.
We gather with our own vehicles and our accredited lab waste disposal facility is frequently inspected by the Environment Agency.
This is vital in providing our customers with complete peace of mind and ensuring the lab waste is handled in-keeping and surpassing all recommended guidelines.