Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe management of healthcare waste
Provides an update to Health Technical Memorandum 07-01 first published in 2006. The key areas of change include:
- updates to legislation, specifically for environmental permitting and transport/carriage regulations
- a focus on the waste hierarchy through procurement practices, and the elimination, minimisation, recycling and recovery of waste
- a drive to address the carbon impact related to waste through resource efficiency, transport impacts and disposal arrangements
- the integration of new sector guides on GPs and dental practices as well as incorporating Health Technical Memorandum 07-06: ‘Disposal of pharmaceutical waste in community pharmacies’ as a sector guide (see the ‘Community pharmacies’ sector guide)
- a focus on practical advice and examples for classifying waste, in particular the infectious and offensive waste streams, including case studies to highlight best practice
- a review of the terminology used for healthcare clinical and non-clinical wastes
Apart from the direct environmental benefits achieved by the compliant management of healthcare waste, the guidance presents opportunities for introducing cost savings, safer working practices and reducing carbon emissions related to managing waste.
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