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Guidance on the management of waste arising from health, social and personal care

This guidance has been written by the UK Royal College of Nursing to support health care assistants, nurses and midwives with the management of waste generated as part of their role, regardless of the practice setting where they provide care (i.e hospital of community). It outlines how waste should be classified, segregated and stored prior to collection and treatment or disposal.

It covers ‘mixed municipal waste’; the most common type of waste produced in a health care facility (i.e  items similar to that produced in the home like food, packaging and newspapers) and not specifically related to health care. It also covers hazardous waste produced during the provision of health care which is usually classified as such based on risk of infection and hazardous properties (including waste classed as hazardous because it is considered to have infectious properties).

It includes a section which sepcifically focuses on waste management in community (including home) care.

The document can be downloaded from: http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/practice/infection_control/publications


Author: Royal College of Nursing

Published: 01/04/2014

Publication Type: Factsheet

Publisher: Royal College of Nursing