NHS managers have a legal duty to ensure that the waste they produce is correctly managed. Sam Corp, head of regulation at the Environmental Services Association highlights the key areas and legal obligations that producers of clinical waste should know

Guy’s & St Thomas’ is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country and is recognised for setting the benchmark in clinical research, patient care and most recently, sustainability.

The regulatory and legislative requirements surrounding the management of clinical waste can be confusing at times. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency clarifies

Clinical waste is almost always considered hazardous and mishandling it presents a very real risk to human health

To fulfil all of a trust’s legal obligations under waste regulations, a considered, pro-active approach is required