Hazardous Waste (EWC 18-01-03) also referred to as clinical waste is often found in healthcare establishments such as health clinics, hospitals, doctors surgeries, residential and nursing homes, and veterinary practices. Although it often extends and is also disposed of by other non-healthcare businesses such as funeral directors and tattoo parlours.
Hazardous Waste is described as being 'any waste which may be harmful to human health or the surrounding environment', and is governed a lot more closely and securely than general waste with increased legislative measures and procedures. It could be completely or partly made up of:
- Blood or other bodily fluids
- Oils and chemicals
- Human or animal tissue
- Needles, syringes and other sharp objects
- Used swabs & dressings
Different types of hazardous waste fall under different categories, and it can often be a little confusing knowing what colour bag or receptacle you need for your business. More often than not, your business will have a mixture of hazardous waste which requires different bins and disposal methods by law.
It is important to segregate your hazardous waste under HTM 07-01 guidelines.