The world of waste may be a tangled web of laws, rules and regulations, which sometimes are difficult to comprehend and where it is easy to become lost. In our 50 years of experience managing businesses of any size and by an assortment of different businesses in the UK, we could say that a sizable proportion of organisations doesn’t understand the difference between Offensive and Hazardous waste.
Offensive waste is non-clinical waste that’s non-infectious and does not contain chemical or pharmaceutical substances, but might be disagreeable to anyone who comes into contact with it. The residual health threat of atomic waste is deemed low when segregated properly.
Healthcare offensive waste, i.e. topical lotions and protective garments like masks, gloves and gowns which are not contaminated with body fluids, and sterilised laboratory waste.
Offensive waste doesn’t have 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 which needs attention in every working environment. There can be potential dangers of disease and illness from cross-infection, if appropriate hygiene precautions aren’t taken.
Offensive waste may include:
Animal and human waste from a non-infectious origin;
Medical/veterinary pieces of disposable equipment such as gowns, plaster casts ;
plasters (minor first aid or self-care) made by private use;
animal hygiene wastes (animal bedding, dog faeces etc);
wastes from non-healthcare activities, such as wastes from body piercing or program of tattoos.
Unlike atomic 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 quite long, but the most common include:
Paints, pigments and inks
Clinical waste is also considered hazardous because of its infectious nature.
Disposing of both poisonous and non-hazardous waste in precisely the exact same landfill site is illegal.
If your business produces or handles hazardous waste you need to take all such steps as are reasonable to be able to:
Avoid the production of waste
Reuse, recover or recycle your waste
Eliminate your hazardous waste
Disposal of hazardous waste should be considered only when re-using, recycling and recovering aren’t viable choices.
Any organisation which produces hazardous waste should adhere to some key measures to be certain they are dealing with it securely.
Decide what precautions are necessary to eliminate the dangers, or reduce them to a degree which will protect the environment and people’s health.
Remove the hazardous substances wherever possible – if that is not possible, control exposure to a degree which will protect the health of the environment or individuals who might be impacted.
Implement control measures and ensure they’re used and maintained. This includes making certain everyone is constantly carrying out these processes to prevent 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 make sure their health isn’t being damaged.
Inform, train and manage workers to help ensure their health isn’t damaged when using hazardous substances.
At All Waste Things we could count on a knowledgeable group of experts who will guide you through all the steps of this procedure. Regardless of your waste management requirements, big or small, solid or liquid, poisonous or not, we have the ability to offer you a comprehensive waste disposal package to fit your organisation’s requirements and also to comply with the latest regulations.
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