Understanding Clinical Waste For Beginners

Hospitals and clinics are unique in that they have their own form of waste material that cannot be disposed of by regular means. You cannot simply dump medical waste into your regular rubbish collection, as it is often quite contagious due to its origin in a hospital. In the same way, clinics and other smaller medical centres also have to organise a special collection and disposal service to ensure they do not infect anyone with the waste they produce. These companies that dispose of this infectious garbage are what as known as clinical waste collection and disposal services. 

What Is Clinical Waste?

Clinical waste is a very broad term that refers to almost every bit of waste produced by places where health care is the primary function. This includes hospitals, clinics, hospices, safe injecting spaces and many more places. Those places all produce a ton of material that is contaminated with blood, sweat, vomit, faecal matter and all the other nasty bits of human waste. All of the bandages, dirty sheets, used needles and more are placed in specially marked bins and then collected by the clinical waste services at a regularly scheduled time. 

What Happens To The Waste Then?

After they collect the contaminated rubbish, the clinical waste services then have to do some form of sterilisation before they are allowed to safely dispose of it in a landfill. This can include incineration, the use of chemicals to bleach used items or a process called autoclaving where steam is used at extremely high pressures to blast away any disease or viruses. Once the waste is deemed safe to dispose of, the remains of this waste are then transported to other landfill or incineration services.

How Do You Know If The Waste From Your Business Requires Clinical Waste Services?

If your business has any sort of biological waste from humans, then there is a very high chance that you do require some form of clinical waste services. Many companies and shops in the cities across Australia have sharp-object disposal units that collect used needles, which are a prime example of a form of clinical waste. If you are considering getting one of these or are unsure of whether you require clinical waste services, it is always easier simply to call a local company that specialises in this area and double-check with them. Remember that if you should be using clinical waste services for your rubbish and are not, then you could face serious charges and fines which could cripple your business. When in doubt, always make sure you double-check.