Correct containerisation is a vital practice when it comes to healthcare risk waste (HCRW) management. Not only do you want a service that provides the right solution, you want a comprehensive range of products that comply with all necessary regulations.
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Considered as hazardous healthcare risk waste, sharps refer to items that could puncture or cut, such as needles,
blades, knives, broken glass, saws, amino hooks etc. and should be disposed of in the appropriate sharps container.
Colour-coded, SANS aligned and SABS / UN approved, they come in both reusable and single use, varying in size depending on the volume of sharps waste generated on site.
The single use box sets and reusable box sets (RUCs) are used to contain infectious materials that could transmit
infectious agents such as gloves, bandages, nappies, dressings and swabs. All box sets must be lined with a red bag
then sealed once 3/4 full.
Infectious waste forms the largest component of healthcare risk waste (HCRW) generated in a healthcare facility.
Unique barcoded numbers are provided for tracking and traceability.
Disposal of expired, unused, spilled and contaminated pharmaceutical products must be separated for disposal by
their allocated schedules and further separated into their six types.
Schedules 5 & 6 require special authorisation from the National Department of Health – Law Enforcement Unit prior to collection treatment and disposal.
Anatomical waste containers are used to contain organs, tissues, body parts, non-viable fetuses, placentas, blood and bodily fluids from patients. The anatomical / pathological waste should be placed into a red bag which is cable-tied and placed into the appropriately sized red anatomical waste container.
Cytotoxic waste is extremely hazardous and can only be treated via incineration.
Cytotoxic medications are known to be highly toxic to cells, mainly through their action on cell reproduction. Cytotoxic waste includes any residual cytotoxic medication that remains following patient treatment and any materials or equipment potentially contaminated by cytotoxics such as unused cytotoxic pharmaceuticals, sharps, syringes, IV drip sets, ampoules, vials, gloves etc. It may sometimes also include vomit, urine or faeces from patients treated with cytotoxic medicine.
Cytotoxic waste is to be placed into single use sharps containers and pharmaceutical containers. A barcoded cytotoxic sticker placed thereon.
Every healthcare facility should have at least one dedicated healthcare risk waste (HCRW) central storage area (CSA) serving as an interface from where the service provider will collect the HCRW for offsite treatment and disposal. The CSA must have sufficient capacity to accommodate the waste volumes generated by the facility as well as allowance should HCRW volumes increase.
According to SANS 10248- 1:2008, every healthcare facility must have a clearly demarcated area in which to store their waste prior to collection. A sign is required at the entrance indicating that it is a healthcare risk waste storage area.
Every central storage area (CSA) requires a spill kit for immediate use in the event of a spillage. Every spill kit contains:
Anatomical, cytotoxic and pharmaceutical barcoded stickers are available to assist with identification and classification.
Our highly trained and experienced clean-up response teams can promptly tend to HCRW spills, illegally stored and illegally dumped healthcare risk waste.
You can leave your HCRW requirements to us, knowing that disposal will be done safely and efficiently.
Thousands suffer the trauma of a needlestick injury every year. Compass Medical Waste Services, in conjunction with Daniels, offer a safer sharps management system, not only protecting your patients and healthcare workers, but the environment too.
Designed with safety and the environment in mind, the Daniels Sharpsmart system: