3.4: Identify the legal responsibilities in relation to waste management.
Legal responsibilities in relation to waste management: ? All waste will be stored in appropriate designated, [ secure areas. ? Handling procedures will be identified at a local level to minimise manual handling incidents. [ ? Waste producers must ensure that all waste is disposed of correctly in accordance with this policy. ? Healthcare waste will be securely stored in approved lockable
containers in secure designated waste storage areas outside wards and departments and shall not be mixed with other waste. (It is an offence under the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 to dispose of non clinical waste in the clinical waste stream.) ? Sharps must only be disposed of in the correct sharps boxes as identified in H.T.M. 07(01): Safe Management of Healthcare Waste. ? Healthcare or clinical waste will be segregated to ensure its correct and final disposal, using the national colour coded scheme as defined in H.T.M. 07 (01). ? All healthcare related waste and containers shall be labelled to show the hospital and ward, department or premise producing the waste. ? All healthcare related waste will be coded on waste transfer notes (WTN) or consignment notes according to the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) and the List of Wastes and copies retained for the minimum required period of 3 years for consignment notes and 2 years for waste transfer notes. ? Waste considered to be of a confidential nature will be handled, stored and sent for final disposal in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (as amended 2008) such that confidential information is not disclosed to unauthorised persons and does not enter the public domain. The responsibility for safe disposal of confidential waste lies with departmental managers. ] ]