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The correct onsite segregation of healthcare and infectious waste for disposal is vital to ensure compliance with government regulations. Initial Medical follow The Department of Health’s HTM 07-01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste Memorandum. This outlines the best practice waste segregation colour coding scheme for producers of hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
Our helpful waste management guide shows the various colour codes for each waste type, whether the waste is hazardous or non-hazardous and the relevant European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes to describe the waste. Get in touch to find out how our service can help you ensure you are compliant.
We provide a free set of colour coding posters, to make this information digestible and accessible in your business. This will ensure your business is fully aware of their waste management types and how best to maintain waste for disposal. There is a choice of two different styles; either a standard colour coded poster or a fun character style, making it even easier for staff to remember how different types of waste are classified.
Fill in this quick form below and select the type of posters you wish to receive. You will receive an email with your posters shortly.
Incorrectly managed hazardous waste can pose risks to staff and patients, as well as failing to comply with waste disposal legislation. Giving staff the knowledge and providing the correct waste bin or waste container will significantly reduce the chances of contaminating waste streams.
A guide for all practices - The Colour Coding Guide is designed for all healthcare practices to follow, from large NHS hospitals to independent dentists. The guidance follows the Department of Health's HTM 07-01 Safe Management of Healthcare Memorandum. If you need further information on detailed waste legislation, click here.
Expert guidance - At Initial Medical, our specialist waste disposal service provides you with expert guidance from our trusted technicians and consultants, helping you to stay compliant. Our waste segregation posters are an additional resource to keep your business informed.
Financial and environmental benefits to following the guide - Proper waste segregation is required to remain compliant with government legislation, but can also benefit your practice in other ways.Waste streams that require special treatment are more expensive than other waste streams. Limiting the types of waste disposed of into more costly waste streams to only what is necessary is an easy way to reduce the costs of your waste management. The potential savings rise, the larger the healthcare setting you serve. Incorrectly segregated hazardous waste is not only a risk to those coming into contact with your waste containers, but the outside environment once your healthcare waste has been disposed of. Any waste going to landfill must be non-hazardous in order to protect the surrounding environment.
EWC codes explained - European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes represent a standardised framework in which waste types are recognised. EWC codes will be found on waste transfer notes and special waste consignment notes as well as other waste-related documents and clinical waste products.EWC codes form a part of your legal responsibility to effectively describe the waste generated on your premises to ensure the safety of those handling its disposal.
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