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No more confusion about Colour Coding!

Correct onsite segregation of waste it vital to ensure compliance with government regulations. The Department of Health Safe Management of Healthcare Waste Memorandum outlines a best practice waste segregation colour coding scheme for producers of hazardous and non-hazardous waste to follow. Initial follows this guidance and will ensure that you stay compliant and meet all the required legislation.

To make understanding Colour Coding easy, Initial Medical produces an indispensable guide. For your FREE and unique Colour Coding poster to download and print out, click here:

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NEW from Initial Medical are Colour Code characters. With a different character created for each waste stream, these visual aids makes it even easier for staff to remember how different types of waste are classified by streamlining waste disposal.

There is a character for each waste stream and they have all been created to reflect the colours of the appropriate waste receptacles they represent, making it easier than ever before for your cleaning team to remember what waste goes where.

Find out how the Colour Code Characters can help streamline the disposal of all types of waste for your cleaning staff by contacting Initial Medical today.

Cytotoxic / Cytostatic

HAZARDOUS

Waste consisting of, or contaminated with, cytotoxic and/or cytostatic products which requires disposal by incineration.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180103* 180202*
180108* 180207*

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Blister packs
  • Tablets in containers
  • Unopened medicine vials
  • Patches
  • Gloves, gowns, aprons, wipes contaminated with cytotoxic and/or cytostatic medicines

Cytotoxic waste disposal

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Anatomical

HAZARDOUS / NON-HAZARDOUS

Anatomical waste which requires disposal by incineration.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180102 180202*
180103* 180203

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Body parts
  • Organs
  • Blood bags
  • Blood preserves

Anatomical waste

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Clinical / Highly Infectious

HAZARDOUS

Highly infectious waste which requires disposal by incineration.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180103* 180202*
180109* -

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Couch roll
  • Wipes
  • Gloves
  • Dressings
  • Bandages
  • Aprons
  • Disposable garments etc contaminated with infectious body fluids

Infectious waste

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Medicinal

NON-HAZARDOUS

Waste medicines, out of date medicines, denatured drugs, which requires disposal by incineration.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180109 180202

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Tablets in containers
  • Blister packs
  • Unopened medicine vials
  • Liquids in bottles
  • Inhaler cartridges
  • Droplet bottles with pipettes

Pharmaceutical Waste

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Clinical / Infectious

HAZARDOUS / NON-HAZARDOUS

Infectious waste which may be treated to render safe prior to disposal or alternatively it can be incinerated.

NOTE: All orange bags are hazardous. Orange sharps can be hazardous or non-hazardous.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180101 180201
180103* 180202*

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Wipes
  • Gloves
  • Dressings
  • Bandages
  • Aprons

Hazardous Waste

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Dental (Amalgam)

TOXIC

Dental amalgam & mercury including spent and out of date capsules, excess mixed amalgam & contents of amalgam separators which requires disposal by recovery or recycling.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180110* -

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Unwanted amalgam
  • Old fillings
  • Teeth with fillings
  • Grindings
  • Surplus amalgam which cannot be reused
  • Packaging such as capsules containing residues

dental amalgam waste

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Dental (Gypsum)

NON-HAZARDOUS

Recovery.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180104 -

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Dental study moulds

dental gypsum waste

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Offensive

NON-HAZARDOUS

Non-infectious, offensive/hygiene waste which may be recycled, incinerated (waste for energy) or deep landfilled.


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
180104 -
200199 -

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Colostomy bags
  • Incontinence pads
  • Nappies & wipes,
  • Gloves,
  • Disposable garments etc contaminated with non-infectious body fluids

Offensive Waste

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Mixed Municipal Waste

VARIOUS

Municipal wastes and similar commercial, industrial and institutional wastes including separately collected fractions. Requires disposal by landfill.

**Black or other colour supplied from local councils e.g. green


EWC Code(s)
HUMAN ANIMAL
Various -

EXAMPLE WASTE

  • Packaging
  • Tissues
  • Disposable cups & drinks cans
  • Sandwich wrappers
  • Flowers