Clinical Waste Recycling Bath
We adopt a completely unique clinical approach to hospital waste management with solutions designed to reduce infection risk, eliminate patient and overall business interruptions, and align the safety and sustainability aims of UK healthcare. Although no two healthcare facilities are alike, they all have the same basic goal: to provide the greatest possible patient outcome through a safe and environmentally responsible therapeutic approach.
At Bath Waste, we help you reach this by managing your clinical waste recycling in the best possible way. You can reach us on 01225 220 160 anytime. We’ll provide you with bins that are safe for clinical waste or skips bags and sharps bins, depending on your business needs and the capacity of the clinical waste.
What is Clinical Waste?
A clinical waste is a form of waste that is generated in medical, nursing, dentistry, or similar settings and poses a risk to others by causing injury or infection. This category of disposable products includes sharp tools such as syringes, needles, bandages, and dressings that have been leaked or contaminated with blood. Just like any other waste, clinical and healthcare waste is classified and analysed according to its probability of being hazardous or non-hazardous. Clinical and healthcare wastes should be separated from other forms of waste and treated/disposed of adequately in facilities that are appropriately regulated, licensed, or exempt based on the hazard they pose.
The healthcare sector, which includes hospitals, GP surgeries, dental practices, residential buildings, and nursing homes, produces the majority of clinical waste. Clinical waste can also be generated by zoological institutes, veterinary practices, and research facilities. Acupuncturists, tattooists, and piercers are among the other contributors of clinical waste and sharps waste.
Types of Clinical Waste
Segregation of waste is becoming increasingly important. Producers of waste are looking for low-cost waste management solutions that preserve human health and the environment. Separating hazardous and non-hazardous clinical waste, for example, is likely to save money.
Types of infectious waste according to their segregation includes, infectious waste, offensive waste, sharps waste, general waste, pharmaceutical waste, cytotoxic waste.
Clinical Waste Management for Each Type of Waste
Infectious waste: Swabs, bandages, gowns, cultures and stocks of infectious organisms from laboratory work, and disposable medical gadgets are among the items generated in human and animal healthcare that are referred to as infectious waste. In order to treat and dispose of infectious waste, a variety of treatment strategies are available. As previously noted, infectious sharps waste should be transported for high temperature incineration. For soft pathogenic waste, high-temperature incineration or steam sterilisation in an autoclave are suitable procedures.
Offensive Waste: The main sources of offensive waste are from human and animal healthcare sectors. Offensive waste is any waste that isn’t infectious, doesn’t include pharmaceuticals or chemicals, and may induce feelings of disgust in people.
Offensive waste from a non-healthcare context can be sterilised and shredded, recycled, or used as a fuel in a waste-to-energy process.
Hazardous and non hazardous sharps waste: Blood-borne viruses can be transmitted through needles and syringes used to treat patients. As a result, anyone who comes into contact with these tainted objects is in danger. There are more accessible solutions because non-hazardous sharps waste poses less of a concern to public health than hazardous waste.
These include autoclave steam sterilisation and high-temperature incineration (HTI). HTI is recommended by several waste management businesses because it eliminates the need to separate hazardous and non-hazardous sharps waste. To decrease the risk to public health and injuries associated with sharps waste, extreme caution is essential. When it comes to toxic sharps waste, high-temperature incineration ensures that it is completely destroyed.
Cytotoxic waste: A cytotoxic or chemotherapy waste is one that contains genotoxic compounds, for example, cytotoxic medicines used in cancer treatment. When waste is not managed and disposed of effectively, toxic exposure to cytotoxic carcinogens can lead to major health problems.