The world of waste can be a tangled web of legislation, rules and regulations, which sometimes are difficult to understand and where it is easy to become lost. In our 50 years of experience managing businesses of any size and from a variety of different businesses in the UK, we can say that a sizable proportion of organisations doesn’t know the difference between Offensive and Hazardous waste.
Offensive waste is non-clinical waste that’s non-infectious and doesn’t contain chemical or pharmaceutical substances, but might be unpleasant to anyone who comes into contact with it. The residual health risk of offensive waste is deemed low when segregated properly.
Most households and businesses generate some Kind of non-infectious or offensive waste every day, which could include:
Municipal offensive waste, i.e. hygiene waste and sanitary protection such as nappies and incontinence pads;
Healthcare offensive waste, i.e. topical lotions and protective garments like masks, gowns and gloves that are not contaminated with body fluids, and sterilised laboratory waste.
Offensive waste doesn’t need to be transported as dangerous goods. This implies collection and disposal of this waste is significantly less costly than that of clinical or other toxic waste. But, safe disposal of atomic waste is a sensitive and critical issue that requires attention in every working environment. There can be potential risks of disease and illness from cross-infection, if correct hygiene precautions aren’t taken.
Offensive waste may include:
Human and animal waste from a non-infectious source;
Medical/veterinary pieces of disposable equipment such as gowns, plaster casts ;
plasters (minor first aid or self-care) generated by private use;
animal hygiene wastes (animal bedding, dog faeces etc);
wastes from non-healthcare activities, such as wastes from body piercing or application of tattoos.
Unlike offensive waste, hazardous waste is anything that poses a considerable threat to public health or to the environment. The list of items that are to be considered hazardous waste is very long, although the most common include:
Paints, inks and pigments
Clinical waste is also considered hazardous because of its infectious nature. The definition of clinical waste covers any waste arising from medical, nursing, dental, or veterinary clinics, including waste produced during investigation, treatment, care or research procedures.
Disposing of both poisonous and non-hazardous waste at precisely the exact same landfill site is illegal.
If your business produces or handles hazardous waste you must take all such measures as are reasonable to be able to:
Avoid the production of waste
Reuse, recover or recycle your waste
Dispose of your hazardous waste safely
Disposal of hazardous waste should be considered only when re-using, recovering and recycling are not viable options.
Any organisation which produces hazardous waste needs to follow some key steps to make sure they are dealing with it securely.
Identify the hazardous substances in the workplace and the dangers they pose to people’s health or the environment.
Decide what precautions are needed to eliminate the dangers, or reduce them to a degree which will protect the environment and people’s health.
Eliminate the hazardous substances wherever possible – if this is not possible, control exposure to a degree which will protect the health of the environment or people who might be impacted.
Implement control measures and ensure they’re used and maintained. This includes making certain everyone is consistently carrying out these procedures to avoid any health risks.
Monitor vulnerability – if the materials are airborne, it’s necessary to monitor employees’ exposure to make sure they comply with workplace exposure limits.
Carry out appropriate health surveillance – in certain conditions, you might need to give medical checks for employees to ensure their health isn’t being damaged.
Inform, train and supervise workers to help ensure their health is not damaged when using hazardous substances.
At All Waste Things we can count on a knowledgeable team of experts who will guide you through all the steps of this procedure. Regardless of your waste management requirements, large or small, liquid or solid, poisonous or not, we are able to offer you a comprehensive waste disposal package to fit your organisation’s needs and also to comply with the latest regulations.
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