The Importance of Clinical Waste Disposal

I’m sure you’re well aware that the past couple of years especially have out huge pressure on the medical profession. Restrictions are being lifted and life is returning to some sort of normality for most, but the crisis faced by hospitals has not gone away.  Along with still having high patient numbers from Covid, they are also trying to catch up in all other departments and services, seeing people who had treatments delayed and operations cancelled. All of this extra work and extra patients also means the need for more clinical waste disposal.

This side of the hospital crisis isn’t really something you’ll see on the news or in newspapers, but it is an important part of the process of treating people for illnesses and diseases. And it doesn’t stop at hospitals. What about when we visit the dentist or take our pet to the veterinary practice? All of these places need to have measures in place to deal with clinical waste in the correct way.

So, what does clinical waste mean? It is a broad term that covers a number of different types of waste (think infectious waste, sanitary waste, laboratory waste, to name a few). These different types of waste can have different legal requirements for safe disposal, and anything viewed as a danger to public health needs to be completely destroyed. It can seem overwhelming having to deal with all of the different types of waste and knowing what category each piece of waste comes under. Making sure you have the right equipment and the right bins and boxes that are clearly labelled is a must. A wise option would be to use a company who specialize in destroying all types of clinical waste. Until completely destroyed, even if someone has taken the waste off your hands, you will still be held liable for its existence. So, choosing the right company is important. You want to be safe in the knowledge that it has been handled correctly. Use a company that has a good reputation and with many years of experience.

There are risks involved when considering clinical waste so it will always need to be handled carefully. It is unsafe both for humans and the environment so take the time to do some research and find yourself a good, reputable company to protect yourself, your business, your community and the environment.