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The Environment Agency has imposed a legal requirement in the Environmental Permits for Disposal sites to ensure that producers of clinical waste carry out audits of their waste before it can be accepted.
These audits known as ‘pre-acceptance audits’ provide facilities authorised to incinerate or treat clinical waste access to additional information on the composition of waste from the producer. This requirement is not unique to the healthcare sector and is designed to ensure that the waste is properly treated without harm to human health or the environment. Producers will be required to periodically re-audit sites in the future.
As a result the disposal contractors accepting your waste from us for disposal require us to demonstrate that we have obtained this audit information from our customers before it can be legally accepted and disposed of.
To ensure your waste is suitable for any chosen method of disposal, all your waste streams must be audited, documented and communicated to the final disposal site. Failure to do this may leave you in breach of your duty of care responsibilities, which can lead to prosecution and unlimited fines.
Pre-acceptance audits are required by producers of waste from the following:
The pre-acceptance audit requires information detailing the process of producing the waste, the quantity of waste produced and the individual components of the waste stream and hazards associated with the waste for each part of the producer’s premises. These pre-acceptance checks are regarded as current best practice.
To guide you through this process and complete your duty of care we will provide you with:
You can download a copy of the Environment Agencies ‘Clinical Waste Pre-Acceptance Producer Update’ Briefing Note.
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