Disposal of Clinical Waste
At the University quantities of clinical waste are produced on a daily basis from a wide range of activities and which if not handled, stored, transported and disposed of properly can present risks to the health and safety of people who work in the University, members of the public and the environment.
What is clinical waste?
Clinical waste consists wholly or partially of:
Blood, excretions or any other bodily fluids from a. and b.
All other waste which has come into contact with a. b and c. For example, plastics, syringes, gloves, paper towel, dressings
It is standard practice at the University for all clinical waste to be disposed of via incineration (through the yellow bag / bin systems) and/or suitable autoclaving. Disposal is arranged locally, by the academic School, and routed through a certified reputable clinical waste carrier.
Further details can be obtained from Health and Safety Services.
Schools and Departments must carry out the necessary risk assessments etc, required by legislation, including The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.