Clinical Waste Syllabus [1June 2016]

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CLINICAL WASTE (CW)

Syllabus areas

 

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

Source

1. Storage and packaging

 

  • Container types
  • Packaging
  • Labelling
  • Storage

1.1 Know  the type of container required for fully and partially discharged ‘sharps’ used to administer pharmaceuticals

1.2 Know the type of container required for ‘sharps’ that are infectious but have not been used to administer pharmaceuticals i.e. taking blood/ dissecting blades.

1.3 Know the type of container for waste contaminated with cytotoxic/cytostatic medicinal products.

1.4 Know the type of container for waste medicinal products that are non- cytotoxic/ cytostatic.

1.5 Know the type of packaging used for infectious healthcare wastes.

1.6 Know the UN marks on packaging that can be used for different types of wastes

1.7 Know how waste containers on site should be labelled

1.8 Know the ‘appropriate measures’ for safe storage of waste onsite

1.9 Know the ‘appropriate measures’ that should be taken when cleaning storage areas and containers

1.10  Know the ‘appropriate measures’ for managing clinical waste to avoid problems with odour, litter and vermin

Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe Management of Healthcare Waste (2013)

HSE Guidance: Management of Healthcare Waste
Environment Agency - How to comply with your environmental permit: additional guidance for clinical waste (EPR 5.07) (Version 1.1, January 2011)

 

2. Classification of wastes

 

 

 

 

2.1 Know which  wastes are hazardous

2.2 Know which wastes are non-hazardous

 

Technical Guidance WM3 – Guidance on the Classification and Assessment of waste (1st edition, 2015)

Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe Management of Healthcare Waste (2013)

 

3. Consignment procedures 

3.1 Know the paperwork is required when accepting consignments of hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

3.2 Know the frequency of returns to the Regulator made by a consignee of hazardous waste

GOV.UK –hazardous waste
GOV.UK  – Receive and dispose of hazardous waste
GOV.UK - Your waste – your responsibility (Duty of Care)
Electronic Duty of Care

 

 4. Waste Acceptance procedures

  • Pre-acceptance
  • Procedures and checks
  • Storage and disposal
  • Non-conforming wastes
  • Records

4.1 Know the requirements for pre-acceptance of clinical waste

4.2 Know the requirements for onsite waste acceptance procedures and checks

4.3 Know the requirements of a policy for the storage and disposal of rejected waste.

4.4 Know the actions required when non-conforming wastes are identified

4.5 Know what information should be recorded on the site waste tracking system

 

Environment Agency - How to comply with your environmental permit: additional guidance for clinical waste (EPR 5.07)(Version 1.1, January 2011)

 

 5. Treatment and disposal options available for clinical waste

  • Infectious wastes
  • Wastes suitable/ unsuitable for landfill
  • High and low temperature (non-burn) treatments

 

5.1 Know the correct disposal routes for infectious wastes and sharps containers

5.2 Know what ‘rendered safe’ means for wastes going to landfill

5.3 Know when waste should not be macerated

5.4 Know which technologies are described as ‘high temperature’ and ‘non-burn/low temperature’

5.5 Know the requirements for Validation and Efficiency testing of treatment plants

Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe Management of Healthcare Waste (2013)

Environment Agency - How to comply with your environmental permit: additional guidance for clinical waste (EPR 5.07)(Version 1.1, January 2011)

 

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