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Waste Management Guideline

Responsible Directorate:

Public Health

Responsible Director:

Dr Judith Hooper

Date Approved:

17 February 2010


NHS Kirklees Infection Control Committee



Revision date:

February 2013

NICE GUIDANCE Once NICE guidance is published, health professionals are expected to take it fully into account when exercising their clinical judgment. However, NICE guidance does not override the individual responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate decisions according to the circumstances of the individual patient in consultation with the patient and/or their guardian or carer.

CONTENTS Section 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Appendices A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q

Page Introduction Associated policies and procedures Aims and objectives Scope of the guideline Accountabilities and responsibilities Waste management definitions, classifications and colour coding

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European waste catalogue Registration Waste transfer notes Documentation Consignment notes Storage of waste/frequency of collection Personal protective equipment Equality impact assessment Training needs analysis Monitoring Compliance References

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Community nursing services standard operational procedures for clinical waste Disposing of domestic waste in GP practices and health centres Disposing of waste in patients’ homes - domestic waste Transport document Disposing of infectious waste in GP practices and health centres Community wound care waste assessment chart for nursing teams Confidential fax - clinical waste Disposing of sharps waste in GP practices and health centres


Disposing of medicinal waste in GP practices and health centres Classification of medicinal wastes Community nursing services standard operational procedure for safe management of healthcare waste (sharps) Disposing of waste in patients’ homes Disposing of disposable instruments in GP practices and health centres Definitions Key stakeholders Equality Impact Assessment Tool Sign off sheet regarding dissemination of procedural documents

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Guideline Statement NHS Kirklees is committed to effectively manage healthcare waste safely. This guideline reflects best practice and legal compliance in the management of Healthcare waste.


Introduction The aim of this guideline is to provide guidance on the safe management and disposal of all types of healthcare waste in healthcare premises and community settings. This guidance ensures the Environmental Agency guidance, The Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005) and the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations (1991) is complied with in NHS Kirklees. The guidance describes and discusses the following health care waste streams: hazardous, medicinal, offensive/hygiene and domestic. It provides guidance for staff to follow when disposing of and storing health care waste in a patient’s home and in a clinical setting. The guideline also outlines the documentation required regarding registration, consignment and transfer notes.


Associated policies and procedures This guideline should be read in accordance with the following Trust policies, procedures and guidance: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●


Hand decontamination Policy Isolation Policy Multi Resistant Organism Policy Incident Reporting Health and Safety Policy Decontamination Use of Disinfectants and Antiseptics Policy Standard Precautions Policy Clostridium Difficile Policy

Aims and Objectives To provide guidance for all NHS Kirklees staff of their main responsibilities when handling healthcare waste, the correct method of segregation and disposal of Health Care Waste and when registering, and transferring waste.


Scope of the Guideline This guideline must be followed by all NHS Kirklees employees who handle/dispose of health care waste. It must be followed by all staff who work for NHS Kirklees, including those on temporary or honorary contracts, bank staff and students.


Breaches of this guideline may lead to disciplinary action being taken against the individual. Independent Contractors are responsible for the development and management of their own procedural documents and for ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and best practice guidelines. Independent Contractors are encouraged to seek advice and support as required. 5.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities 5.1 The Chief Executive will ensure that adequate management arrangements are in place in order to fulfill the organisation’s duties. 5.2 The Deputy Director of Kirklees Community Healthcare Services Finance is responsible for ensuring effective arrangements for waste management in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 5.3 NHS Kirklees Risk Management Overview Group and NHS Kirklees Infection Control Committee will assess and monitor risks and provide advice and support to all staff. The Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPCT) is also responsible for the development of the guideline, auditing the management of waste during environmental audits and continually raising awareness through Infection Prevention and Control Training. 5.4 All staff must ensure that all healthcare waste is disposed of correctly. All employees have a duty to ensure that they safeguard the health and safety of themselves and others by adhering to NHS Kirklees waste guideline. 5.5 NHS Kirklees Estates Manager is responsible to: -

Act as Waste Manager for the Trust, providing advice on current legislation, guidance and best practice.


Coordinate and manage all healthcare waste and waste management activities


Monitor Contracts


Organise Waste audits

5.6 The Ward, Unit, Site or Practice Manager is responsible for ensuring all waste in their area of responsibility is safely and correctly, segregated, handled and disposed of. 5.7 The employee generating the waste is responsible for the correct segregation of waste. Where a patient is treated within their home by an employee of NHS Kirklees, any waste produced is considered to be generated by that healthcare professional and part of the Duty of Care applies to ensure that the waste is dealt with appropriately from production to disposal.


5.8 The waste contractor is responsible for the safe collection and the disposal of Healthcare waste. They are also responsible for informing NHS Kirklees Estates Manager who is responsible for waste where there are issues of NHS Kirklees non compliance with Hazardous waste regulations and producing returns to the Environment Agency. 6.

Waste Management Definitions, Classifications and Colour Coding Waste regulation requires the classification of waste on the basis of hazardous characteristics and point of production. The following table describes examples of hazardous and non hazardous waste. (See Appendix A - Community Nursing Services Standard Operational Procedure for Clinical Waste.) Hazardous Waste Infectious waste (orange stream) Batteries Waste electronics Paints

Non-hazardous Waste Domestic waste Offensive/hygiene waste Recyclates (paper, glass, aluminum etc.) Food waste

Hazardous waste is defined as waste of any kind that may be dangerous or difficult to treat, keep or dispose of, that special provisions are required for dealing with it safely. Hazardous waste is waste that has been classified by the Hazardous Waste Regulations and the List of Waste Regulations. It is a legal requirement of the Hazardous Waste Regulations to segregate infectious waste from other wastes. Segregation of waste at the point of production into colour coded packaging is vital to good waste management. Health and Safety, Carriage and Waste Regulation require that waste is handled, transported and disposed of in a safe and effective manner.



Colour Coding The tables below show the waste stream bags and receptacle colours Colour of bag Orange

Infectious waste for incineration


Domestic waste and waste from residential premises

Yellow/black Tiger stripe

Offensive waste for deep landfill

Colour of sharps container Yellow bin with yellow lid Yellow bin with orange lid Yellow bin with purple lid


Type of waste

Type of waste Sharps containing/having contained medicines (not cytotoxic) Medicinal waste (not cytotoxic) Sharps not contaminated including medicines Sharps containing cytostatic/cytotoxic medicines Cytotoxic/Cytostatic Medicinal waste

Domestic waste/black stream In health care, domestic waste is usually placed in a black or clear bag. Waste is termed “domestic� for ease of understanding, although not produced in a domestic environment it is the same type of non-hazardous, non-risk waste that would be produced in a domestic environment. Examples being normal household waste, flowers, paper towels, paper, cardboard, plastic cups, newspapers etc. In a health care setting, packaging, gloves, aprons and paper towels may also be placed in the domestic waste stream (it must not be visibly soiled with blood and/or body fluids). (Appendix B provides additional information.)

6.2.1 Waste generated in patients homes (non hazardous) In a patients/clients home a small amount, ie, up to one carrier bag a week of health care waste may also be placed in the domestic waste stream. (Appendix C provides additional information.) This waste may be: -

small dressings that are not specialised (i.e. silver would not be permitted) not from a known infected patient/client and/or not contaminated with pus and or blood 6


offensive hygiene waste e.g. Incopads, catheter bags that are not from a known infected patient /client and/or heavily contaminated with blood and/or faeces.

Domestic waste is collected by the Local Authority. 6.3

Infectious waste / orange stream Infectious waste previously known as clinical waste and previously placed into a yellow bag should be placed into an orange bag which is inside a bin. The definition of clinical waste has historically been used to describe waste produced from healthcare and similar activities that pose a risk of infection or may prove hazardous. Taken from the Controlled Waste Regulations, issued under the Environmental Protection Act. Clinical Waste is described as: a)

“…any waste which consists wholly or partly of human or animal tissue, blood or other bodily fluids, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings, syringes, needles or other sharp instruments, being waste which unless rendered safe may prove hazardous to any person coming into contact with it: and


Any other waste arising from medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical or similar practice, investigation, treatment, care, teaching or research, or the collection of blood for transfusion, being waste which may cause infection to any person coming into contact with it”.

The two categories of clinical waste include infectious waste and medicinal waste. 6.3.1 Infectious waste May be treated to render it safe prior to final disposal. Treatment may only take place in a suitably licensed or permitted facility. Locally all Hazardous Waste is collected and then treated by the company SRCL. Infectious waste is waste known or suspected to contain pathogens classified in Category B as specified in Carriage Regulations. 6.3.2 Waste generated in patients homes All health care workers who carry healthcare waste in their vehicles must ensure that they have the authorisation transport document with them during working hours (Appendix D). Infectious waste stored in an orange bag, should be placed in a UN approved transport container and transported by the Health Care Staff member who handled the waste to a NHS Kirklees premises. 7

Examples of infectious waste include specialist dressings i.e. silver, dressings from patient with a known infection i.e. wound looks clinically infected and the dressing has a large amount of visible exudate, drains that do not have protruding edges, offensive hygiene waste from a known infected patient /client and/or heavily contaminated with blood and/or faeces. Appendix E provides information on the disposal of infectious waste in the home. See Appendix F for community wound assessment guidance If the offensive hygiene waste is extensively soiled, i.e. patient has diarrhoea and/or the quantity of infectious waste exceeds two carrier bags i.e. will not fit into the transport container, arrangements for SRCL to collect from the patients home must be organised by the community member of staff. A confidential fax clinical waste request form must be filled in and faxed to 0113 3918520 (Appendix G). 6.3.3 Patients on haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis under the care of Leeds Teaching Hospitals (LTHT) A representative from LTHT will ensure that the information about patients (Kirklees residents) to be discharged home, who will be generating infectious waste is disseminated to a representative in the Estates Department at NHS Kirklees for a waste collection to be arranged by SRCL. 6.4

Medicinal Waste

6.4.1 Non sharp medicinal waste Medicinal waste encompasses licensed medicinal products of any type and residuals in bottles, vials and ampoules that are not sharp. This waste should be disposed of in a yellow bin with a yellow lid. The use of absorbent pads is advised to be placed in the bottom of the sharps bin to absorb the liquid. Medicinal wastes are listed in both Chapter 18 (Healthcare waste) and Chapter 20 (municipal waste) of the European Waste Catalogue EWC. The EWC differentiates between cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines and all other medicines. 6.4.2 Sharp medicinal waste Medicinally contaminated syringes, needles and broken glass medicinal ampoules are considered to be sharps and need to be disposed of in a sharps bin. A yellow bin with a yellow lid (UN 3291 approved) must be used for all sharps that have been in contact/used for administrating drugs that are not cytotoxic/cytostatic. (These bins are also used for the disposal of contaminated metal and plastic single use instruments). A yellow bin with a purple lid (UN 3201 approved) should be used for all sharps that have been in contact with cytotoxic/cytostatic drugs.


See Appendix H for the Sharps Waste Guidance posters for disposing of Sharps Waste in Health Centres / wards / units and a patient’s home. Appendix I provides information re - disposal of medicinal waste in GP practices and health centres. Sharps disposed of in a patients home must be placed in the appropriate coloured sharps bin and then into a secondary UN 3219 approved transport container (see sharps waste for further information). 6.4.3 Hazardous medicinal waste Only cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines are considered to be hazardous waste. This waste must be disposed of in a yellow bin with a purple lid. Disposal of liquid medicinal waste needs to be separated from solid medicinal waste in separate labelled sharps bins. The use of absorbent pads is advised to be placed in the bottom of the sharps bin to absorb the liquid. The term cytotoxic has been in the past referred to medicines which have been associated with the treatment of malignant disease and immunosuppression. These can also be found in chapter 8 of the British National formulary (BNF). See Appendix J for the list of cytotoxic / cytostatic drugs or contact Medicines Management on: 01484 344352. 6.4.4 Out of date medicines In most situations the patient should be encouraged to return these to a pharmacy. However, in situations where this cannot take place the Health Care Worker can accept them and they must be placed into one of the above waste streams. 6.5

Sharps waste Sharps boxes should be collected when three-quarters full. If the sharps box is seldom used, it should be collected after a maximum of three months regardless of the filled capacity. Where the healthcare worker generates sharps in the home environment, they must ensure they are disposed of correctly and safely. It is not acceptable for clinicians to mix sharps with non-cytostatic/toxic drugs in one UNapproved container. ●

they are in UN-approved containers; and

they carry a transport document with the sharps container (Appendix D)

See Appendix K for community nursing services standards operational procedure for safe management for healthcare waste (sharps).


Sharps waste is segregated into three types: A yellow bin with a yellow lid (UN 3201 approved) for all medicinally contaminated syringes, needles and broken glass medicinal ampoules are considered to be sharps and need to be disposed of in a sharps bin. A Yellow bin with an orange lid (UN 3201 approved) for all sharps used during phlebotomy only. A yellow bin with a purple lid (UN 3201 approved) should be used for all sharps that have been in contact with cytotoxic/cytostatic drugs. 6.6

Offensive waste/yellow/black tiger stripe stream Offensive waste describes waste which is non-infectious, and does not require specialist treatment or disposal but may cause offence to those coming into contact with it. Offensive waste includes waste previously described as human hygiene waste and Sanpro waste. Examples of offensive waste include sanitary waste, incontinence products and other waste produced from human hygiene. In cases where the human hygiene waste outlined above is from a patient / client who is thought to have an infection i.e. they have offensive diarrhoea and / or their wound dressings is heavily contaminated with pus and / or blood, their waste should be placed into the infectious waste stream. Feminine hygiene bins will be provided in all NHS Kirklees premises for the disposal of offensive waste. Nappies should be placed in a nappy sack, and then disposed of as domestic waste. Offensive hygiene waste is collected by the Local Authority from a patient’s home. (If instigated by a healthcare / social care worker or the patient.) Appendix L provides poster information for offensive hygiene waste.


Disposing of disposable instruments Contaminated metal and plastic disposable (blunt and sharp) instruments and/or any other instruments that may cause injury must be disposed of into yellow lidded sharps containers (Appendix M). Speculums and minor surgery instruments must be placed in a suitably sized yellow lidded (UN 3291 approved) container which has a temporary closure mechanism. Sharps contaminated with medicinal products (non cytoxic) can also be disposed of in the same container.



European Waste Catalogue Recent regulatory changes require producers to adequately describe their waste using both a written description and the use of the appropriate European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes(s). The EWC is a list of wastes produced by the European Commission in accordance with the European Waste Framework Directive (75/442/EEC) to provide common terminology for describing waste throughout Europe. Within each chapter, wastes are described using 6 digit numerical codes, the first two digits of the code relate to the EWC chapter, the second two digits relate to any subgrouping within the chapter, and the final two digits are unique to the waste.



6LWHVZKLFKDUHSURGXFHUVRIKD]DUGRXVZDVWHDUHUHTXLUHGWRUHJLVWHUZLWKWKH(QYLURQPHQW $JHQF\LIWKH\SURGXFHNJRUPRUHRIKD]DUGRXVZDVWHSHU\HDU 2QO\FHUWDLQSUHPLVHVWKDWSURGXFHOHVVWKDQNJRIKD]DUGRXVZDVWHSHU\HDUDUH exempt. Therefore all PCT sites as of July 2005 are registered to the Environment Agency and are allocated a site code which is required to complete the consignment notes. Domestic waste requires an annual block transfer note which the Estates department arrange and/or coordinate. 9.

Waste Transfer Notes The annual controlled Waste Transfer note, allows waste to be transferred from one party to another. The Controlled Waste Transfer Note covers all movements of a regular consignment of the same waste between the same parties. A member of staff in each Health Centre must be appointed to be responsible for the controlled Waste Transfer Note and consignment notes and these must be kept for two years.


Documentation The hazardous consignment note will be completed by SRCL, on collection of the hazardous waste. A copy of the hazardous waste consignment note will be left at the base. It is the responsibility of the locality manager to specify where in the health centre/clinic the copy of the consignment note will be filed. The PCT could be audited by the Environment Agency at any time therefore clinical staff must know where the hazardous waste consignment notes are filed. A copy of the hazardous waste consignment note is to be kept for three years including any other associated paperwork, including contractor returns. Maintaining all consignment notes and correspondence supports waste audit. Audits provide useful information on the composition of waste produced and the results maybe used to identify appropriate re-use or recycling options and opportunities to minimize waste by amending purchasing polices and compliance with regulatory standards. 11


Consignment Notes The layout and content of a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note is specified in the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005. The waste contractor will assist in the completion of the consignment note. However, the consignor (the practitioner who produces the waste) has a responsibility to ensure the information is correct to ensure the waste stream is compliant and is treated correctly. The waste consignment note requires the following information: ●

The European Waste Catalogue Codes

A written description of the waste

Information about the hazardous nature of the waste and if applicable each hazardous substance (this may involve attaching supplementary sheets to consignment notes)

Information about the number of waste containers, colour and size

The monthly return is the responsibility of the contractor. A fee is charged for consignment notes relating to hazardous and non-hazardous waste that can only be treated by high temperature incineration. Waste contractors also have a duty to notify the Environment Agency on a quarterly basis regarding the amount of hazardous waste collected, treated and disposed of. The Environment Agency will then charge the contractor in line with the information that they provide. 12.

Storage of Waste/Frequency of Collection ●

The storage location for hazardous/infectious waste awaiting collection must be secure and lockable and not accessible to the public. Access to these storage facilities should be limited to those responsible for handling, transporting or disposing of waste.

In health centres the orange bags, when labelled, should be taken to the compound and placed into a suitable dedicated container. At all times where manual handling is involved the necks of the bags should be positioned (tied) to allow subsequent movement to be undertaken safely.

If trolleys and carts are used for the movement of waste within the premises these should be designed and constructed so that the surfaces of the conveyance are smooth and impermeable; they do not offer harbourage to insects, can be easily cleansed and drained and will allow the waste to be handled without difficulty.

Hazardous/infectious waste should be removed as frequently as circumstances demand. The collection period should be no less than once a week. Whilst awaiting removal it should be situated in a separate area of adequate size related to the volume of production, and frequency of collection. It must be sited on a well drained, impervious hard stand, kept secure from unauthorised persons, domestic 12

animals, birds, rodents and insects, and accessible to collection vehicles.


Staff are required to risk assess any dangers to their own safety and security regarding waste management.

Receptacles/sacks should be replaced at minimum daily or when sacks are three quarters full.

Personal Protective Equipment People who handle the filled waste bags requiring disposal should be made aware of the hazards of handling hazardous waste. ●

The hazard most likely to endanger health is injury through a sharp such as a hypodermic needle which may have been wrongly disposed of into a bag instead of the correct sharps container.

When moving sacks they must be held by the closure end only and heavy duty gloves worn to protect the hands. Gloves should also be worn when handling sharps containers.

To protect the feet against bags or containers that might be accidentally dropped, sturdy shoes should be worn. The soles of such footwear will also offer protection in the storage areas where the spillage of sharps must be guarded against.

Body contact with bags of clinical waste must be avoided. If there is the slightest risk of brushing bags against clothing when being transferred then an industrial apron or leg protectors will need to be worn.

Careful consideration must be given by all staff to the methods used for transferring waste at all stages of the disposal route, so that the risk of injury is reduced to a minimum.

Where there is a risk of contamination with blood or body fluids or if cleaning up spillages, protective clothing must be used. This will include disposable gloves and disposable apron / overall. When an accident occurs involving sharps or contamination of blood or body fluids, however small, the management of a blood borne virus policy must be put in place. It must be reported to the individual’s immediate Line Manager and an incident form completed. If possible the item causing the injury should be safely retained in order to help in identifying the risk.


Equality Impact Assessment This guideline has been assessed for the potential adverse impact as set out in Appendix P. The guideline has not identified an impact.



Training Needs Analysis Heads of Service have a responsibility to ensure that all staff are trained to handle all types of waste and implement these waste guidelines. All staff that may be required to move bags of hazardous/infectious waste by hand within a particular location should be trained to:


Check that the storage bags are effectively sealed

Handle the bags by the neck only

Know the procedure in the case of accidental spillage and to report accidents

Check that the seal of any storage bag is unbroken when movement is complete

Ensure that the origin of the waste is clearly marked on the bag and appropriately labelled in accordance with EWC

Understand the special problems related to sharps disposal.

Monitoring Compliance Key indicators for the monitoring of the waste management guideline: ●

Percentage of incident reports identifying incorrect segregation of healthcare waste

Essential steps audits and sharps disposal

Environmental infection prevention and control audits which includes adherence to the guideline.


17. References ●

Environment and Sustainability Health Technical Memorandum 07 – 01 : Safe Management of Healthcare Waste 2006 Department of Health

Environment Agency 2003 Hazardous Waste Interpretation of the definition and classification of hazardous waste. Environment Agency Bristol

Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991 SI 1991 No 2839

Health and Safety at Work ect Act 1974 SI 1974/1439 The Stationery Office 1974 ISBN 011 141439 X

Infection at work: Controlling the risks, produced by the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens and published on Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

Management of Health and Safety at Work. Management of Health and Safety of Work Regulations 1999. Approved Code of Practice and guidance L21 (second edition) HSE Books 2000 ISBN 07176 2488 9

Manual handling. Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. Guidance on Regulations L23 (second edition) HSE Books 1998 ISBN 07176 2415 3

Manual handling in the health services 1998 HSE Books ISBN 07176 12481

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2004 SI 2004 No 568

The Controlled Waste Regulations 1992 SI 1992 No 588

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. (As amended). Approved Code of Practice and Guidance L5 (Fifth edition) HSE 2005 ISBN 07176 2981 3

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 (C43)

The Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 SI 2005 No 894

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 SI 1992 No 2966

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995: Guidance for employers in the healthcare sector Health Services Information Sheet HSIS! HSE Books 1998.

Workplace health, safety and welfare. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Approved Code of Practice L24 HSE Books 1992 ISBN 07176 0413 6

Health and Social Act 2008



Community Nursing Services Standard Operational Procedure for Clinical Waste Medically Assessed INFECTIOUS WASTE (including that with large amounts of visible exudate) and silver or charcoal type

Nurse’s responsibility to remove all INFECTED WASTE from patient’s property

Place WASTE in ORANGE BAGS seal with YELLOW TAG put in SILVER BIN or RED BIN Return to base If patient is producing more than one carrier bag of waste per week fax a Collection request to (SRCL MEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT) Fax No 0113 3918520

OFFENSIVE WASTE (Non infectious heavily soiled dressings) Continence Waste NON INFECTIOUS

If the quantity produced does not exceed 1 CARRIER BAG per week double bag and dispose in HOUSEHOLD WASTE


Segregate all other waste Non infective lightly soiled dressings paper/gloves/ aprons etc must be disposed of in HOUSEHOLD WASTE

More than 1 CARRIER BAG per week refer for provision of YELLOW BIN to Kirklees Council 01484 223148

Using appropriate form

Small quantities place in ORANGE BAGS seal with YELLOW TAG place in RED BOX GREEN LABEL Return to base

Collection requests and referrals for YELLOW BINS to be authorised by a Team Leader

Where there is an odour problem please double bag and place in appropriate transport container and return to base

After each use of bin and prior to placing in vehicle, please clean the bin inside and outside with AZO ACTIVE WIPES 16






TRANSPORT DOCUMENT (Provided in compliance with the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2004 (as amended))

The person in charge of this vehicle is a Community Healthcare Professional, acting for………………………………, who travels extensively in the area providing home treatments for patients. Articles and substances carried on the vehicle are outputs from patient treatments. They are listed in The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Receptacles Regulations 2004 and identified for transport purposes as; UN3291 Clinical Waste, Unspecified, N.O.S. (health care risk waste), 6.2, II being conveyed to a Waste Transfer Station for safe end disposal. UN3291 Clinical Waste, Unspecified, N.O.S. (pathogen infected medical instruments), 6.2, II being conveyed to a Sterilisation Centre for cleaning and further use. UN3373 Diagnostic Specimens being conveyed to a Laboratory for analysis. Volumes carried will be variable day to day but not expected to exceed 20 kilograms in aggregate. It is certified by the PCT that containment of these articles and substances meet the technical standards listed in the Regulations; UN3291 – Packing Instruction 621

UN3373 – Packing Instruction 650

In the event of incident involving this vehicle, an Emergency Services representative is requested to advise the PCT by contacting;

01484 466000






Community Wound Care Waste Assessment Chart for Nursing Teams Community Nursing Services Standard Operational Procedure The following assessment is based on the Delphi process of identifying wound infection in six different wound types (European wound management association 2005) Signs and symptoms of infection

Probability of wound being infected HIGH

Disposal route

Presence of erythema/Cellulitis Presence of pus/abscess Or wound is producing an increased purulent exudate Pungent smell to wound






Increased pain to wound



Is the patient on current antibiotic treatment for infection in the wound? Presence of abnormal amount of blood Is the wound not healing as it should, or has healing been delayed? Are you thinking of swabbing for infection? Has there been an increase in skin temperature?

If yes, HIGH




If yes to either, MEDIUM


If yes, MEDIUM




This is not an exhaustive list of signs and symptoms of wound infection and different types of wound will present differently.






SRCL Mediguard (Waste Management)

Fax number

0113 3918520

From: (fax number) Account Number


. Telephone:





One off collection of clinical waste type/ EA code 18.01.03 (waste whose collection and disposal is subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection)

Patient Name: Patient Address:




Please confirm that only bagged waste will be generated


Referrer details Name:




The information contained in this fax message is intended only for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed and may contain information which is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is prohibited by law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, please note any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately.











APPENDIX K Community Nursing Services Standard Operational Procedure for Safe Management of Healthcare Waste (Sharps)

All sharps generated from phlebotomy

Sharps from injections, stitch cutters and staple removers

Yellow Bodied, Orange Top and Orange Label

Yellow Bodied, Yellow Top and Yellow Label

Sharps contaminated with Cytotoxic or Cytostatic medicinal products, any hormonal injections. E.g. Prostap, Zolodex. Live vaccines e.g. MMR.

Yellow Bodied, Purple Top and Purple Label




Appendix N Definitions Hazardous waste - is an overarching category of waste which identifies waste as being hazardous, and requires special treament / disposal. Infectious waste - is a type of hazardous waste. This waste is contaminated with infected or potentially infectious body fluid that may transmit infection. Offensive waste - describes waste which is non-infectious, but may cause offense to those who come into contact with it. Examples include incontinence and sanitary waste. Domestic waste - must not contain any infectious materials, sharps, medicinal or offensive waste. Medicinal waste - includes licensed medicinal products, including residual medicines in bottles, vials and ampoules that are not sharp. Medicinally contaminated syringes, needles and broken glass medicinal ampoules are considered to be sharps and need to be disposed of into a sharps bin.


Appendix O Key stakeholders consulted/involved in the development of the guideline/procedure Stakeholders name and designation

Key participant Yes/No

Feedback requested Yes/No

NHS Kirklees Infection Prevention and Control


Terry Service



Keith Geldard



Neill McDonald



NHS Kirklees Infection Control Committee







Appendix P Equality Impact Assessment Tool Insert Name of Guideline / Procedure Yes/No 1.

Does the policy/guidance affect one group less or more favourably than another on the basis of:




Ethnic origins (including gypsies and travellers)








Religion or belief


Sexual orientation including lesbian, gay and bisexual people




Disability - learning disabilities, physical disability, sensory impairment and mental health problems



Is there any evidence that some groups are affected differently?



If you have identified potential discrimination, are any exceptions valid, legal and/or justifiable?



Is the impact of the policy/guidance likely to be negative?



If so can the impact be avoided?



What alternatives are there to achieving the policy/guidance without the impact?



Can we reduce the impact by taking different action?




Appendix Q Sign off Sheet regarding Dissemination of Procedural Documents To be completed and attached to any document which guides practice when submitted to the appropriate committee for consideration and approval.

Title of Document:

Waste Management Guideline

Lead Director:

Dr Judith Hooper

Date Approved:

Where approved:

Dissemination Lead: Placed on Website: Review Date: