Published: 1st Oct, 2020
Most clinical waste is produced by the healthcare sector, such as hospitals, GP surgeries, dental practices, residential properties and nursing homes. In addition, clinical waste can also come from zoological institutes, veterinary practices and research centres. Other producers of clinical waste and sharps waste include acupuncturists, tattooists and piercists.
Infectious Waste EWC: 18 01 03 (Human) / EWC: 18 02 02 (Animal): Also generated in human and animal healthcare infectious waste includes items such as swabs, bandages, gowns, cultures and stocks of infectious agents from laboratory work and disposable medical devices.
Non-infectious Waste / Offensive Waste: EWC: 18 01 04 (Human) / EWC: 18 02 03 (Animal): The main sources of offensive waste are from human and animal healthcare sectors. Any waste that isn’t infectious and doesn’t contain pharmaceutical or chemical substances and is likely to cause offense to the senses is offensive waste.
The classification of the sharps waste determines the options available for treatment and how to dispose of sharps containers: