A new Department of Health Technical Memoranda publication, Safe management of
healthcare waste, is available for anyone who has responsibility for the
disposal of waste such as that generated in natal care, diagnosis, treatment or
prevention of disease in humans/animals. This includes laboratory cultures,
anatomical waste, sharps waste, medicinal waste, laboratory chemicals and
offensive/hygiene waste from wards or other healthcare areas.
The document has been produced as a best practice guide to the management of
healthcare waste. Healthcare waste refers to any waste produced by, and as a
consequence of, healthcare activities. For the purposes of this document, this
guidance also applies to offensive/hygiene and infectious waste produced in the
community from non-NHS healthcare sources.
Aim of the guidance
The guidance has been produced to provide a framework for best practice waste
management to help healthcare organisations and other producers to meet
Who should use the guidance?
The guidance has been written for all those involved in the management of
healthcare waste, and provides practical advice and guidance for waste
producers. While the main body of this guidance focuses on healthcare waste
management issues associated with NHS healthcare practice, its content is also
aimed at all producers of healthcare waste.
This guidance recommends adopting:
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