clinical waste

Certain clinical waste obligations need to be adhered to. They apply to medical facilities like hospitals, clinics, dental clinics, veterinary clinics, pharmacies,  and other places. Medical waste needs to be properly segregated and disposed of for easy waste management.

If all clinical waste considerations have not been adhered to, it can lead to certain fines and penalties. All hazardous waste regulations need to be adhered to for the safety of the patients and medical staff.

The Use of a Hazardous Checklist to Determine Products Safety

A hazard list is crucial to determine the safety of products generated by the medical facility. While checking, it is important to consider:

  • A danger label on the product.
  • The products from the laboratory process are like fumes, vapours, or gas.
  • Whether the substance is harmful to the skin.
  • Check whether the substance is harmful due to the methods used to produce it.
  • How best it can be used to reduce risks.

Also, all medicine needs to be checked if it is carcinogenic, cytotoxic, acutely toxic, toxic for reproduction, and mutagenic. The medicine can cause a huge threat and there is a need to take the necessary precautions.

Additionally, all laboratories that work with infected animals, pathogen concentrations, and infected cell cultures of clinical specimens that contain pathogens should comply with the regulations and compliance standards for the safety of the patients and staff.

The Importance of Waste Classification in Segregation

Different types of medical waste need to be segregated in the right way. The common types of hazardous waste produced in labs can be in liquid or solid form of microbiological, pathogens, or biological agents. There can also be some anatomical waste that can be infectious such as certain organs.

Labs also produce sharps materials such as syringes, scalpels, needles, broken glass, or other contaminated material. There can also be some other offensive waste.

All facilities must know how to deal with such wastes by proper segregation and treatment on-site through incineration. Most of these wastes need to be dealt with by licensed companies like TCW. This is to reduce the waste that reaches landfills.

Categorisation of Infectious Waste in Category A and Category B

Infectious waste can be classified into categories A or B.

  1. Category A includes any infectious substance transported in any form that the exposure is capable of causing permanent disability, or any fatal disease. They can be harmful and life-threatening to humans and animals.
  2. Category B waste includes any infectious substance that isn’t included in category A.

It is important to comply with all these to ensure proper management of waste.

The Right Packaging and Storage Method

Just like other medical facilities, laboratories must know how to package, label, and store waste. This is to ensure all the infectious waste is transported off-site. Packaging of infectious waste for easy transportation requires proper marking and labelling.

This will make it easier for the waste management team to take care of the waste in the recommended way. Only licensed companies should transport the waste off-site and your facility shouldn’t take it as their mandate.

The staff should also know how to manage the waste in case of any infection since it can cause disability or any life-threatening issue.


TCW offers resources, education, and products to ensure compliance with waste management. Whether you are working in a medical facility like a hospital, clinic, university, or any other area, Compliance is really important. Contact us today to get the best advice on how to handle waste.

Additionally, we will provide the right guidance you require to ensure that all the staff adheres to the regulations to prevent any infection spread.

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