‘We understand your legal responsibilities and recognise that compliance can be extremely confusing. By consulting with you, we can ensure that you are fully compliant with current waste regulations, legislation and guidance.’ Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues which apply to the workplace. We help our clients understand the regulatory requirements and responsibilities on issues such as sanitary conveniences and washing facilities and provide the answers to their needs.
Healthcare Waste Legislation
We ensure that our client’s healthcare waste is disposed of in a safe and appropriate way that ensures the health and safety of their staff, customers and ultimately the environment. Such controls are listed under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 where it states that it is unlawful to deposit, recover or dispose of controlled (including clinical) waste without a waste management licence, or in a way that causes pollution of the environment or harm to human health.
The ‘Duty of care’ Act demands that clinical waste is managed to a point of stringently controlled disposal. Waste must be carried by a licensed carrier, and a full audit trail of documentation must be available at all times. Failure to comply can lead to a considerable fine. The Duty of Care Act applies to all commercial premises, even if only one female is employed.
Waste Transfer / Consignment Documentation
Waste transfer documentation for peace of mind that your duty of care responsibilities have been met is issued upon each service visit to help you with your audits. Consignment notes for hazardous waste are completed ready for your signature, which include all site addresses and personnel involved with the waste transfer. Waste types descriptions are listed complete with correct EWC codes for each waste stream for you to keep as a record.
Colour Coding / Waste segregation
To ensure best practise we follow the ‘Safe Management of Healthcare Waste’ Guidance issued by The Department of Health. Colour coded Healthcare and Non-Healthcare approved packaging systems are segregated and defined with correct European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes.
Pre- Acceptance Audit
To ensure your waste is suitable for any chosen method of disposal, all waste streams must be audited, following the guides of the Environment Agency. Failure to do this may leave you in breach of your duty of care responsibilities, which could lead to prosecution. We help you with identification and classification of infectious and medicinal waste to ensure compliance with health and safety, transport and waste regulations.
ADR / Carriage of Dangerous Goods
AHS Service Technicians are fully trained in clinical waste handling and the requirements under ADR. Our systems are fully managed and supported by our Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor.