CU Guidance on the Disposal of Hazardous Waste

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Guidance on the Disposal of

Hazardous Waste

Main University Campus

1.0 Introduction

It is University responsibility to limit the amount of hazardous waste production through its activities, insofar as is reasonably and economically practicable. This is to be achieved by careful consideration of the disposal implications of all purchases and donations.

Where the production of hazardous waste is unavoidable it is the University

’s responsibility to ensure the safe segregation, handling, disposal of waste and that all persons handling any such waste will exercise care to avoid injury or risk of harm to themselves or others, including the general public. It is the producers’ responsibility to ensure that all waste is disposed of in the correct manner.

This procedure covers all hazardous waste produced in the University, namely

Biological/Clinical waste, Chemical, WEEE and fluorescent tubes

2.0 Hazardous Waste Regulations

Under the hazardous waste Regulations the University is required to register all sites generating hazardous waste with the Environment Agency. The table below lists the hazardous waste codes for the University. A copy of these codes is provided to the main hazardous waste contractors. Where special consignments are being made reference to these codes must be made to the contractor.

Implicit in the above regulations is the general duty to dispose of all waste in such a manner, as to protect anyone working with, or near, or handling articles or substances which are wastes and which constitute a reasonably foreseeable risk of injury, or may cause ill health.

Given the special risks associated with the handling of waste, any accidents/injuries involving waste must be reported immediately in accordance with the University’s procedures for the reporting of accidents and untoward incidents.

2.1 Hazardous waste codes

Hazardous waste code School / Directorate

Main Building

Queens Building

Aberconway Building

Talybont

Senghennydd Court

University Hall

McKenzie House

Denbigh House

AAH562

AAH560

NIQ018

ADR575

NIQ015

ADR572

NIQ017

AAH559

Academic Centre - Llandough

Cartwright Court

AAH563

NIQ019

Optometry and Vision Sciences NIQ020

3.0 Identification, Description and Segregation of Waste

3.1 Description of Waste

The producer of waste must be able to describe the waste for disposal. The description should include: a. The name of the hazardous waste. e.g. Clinical; Chemical, freezer, fluorescent tube etc. b. Where did the waste arise?

e.g. The location

– ENGIN, BIOSCIENCES etc.

Where waste is identified as problematica l, it is the producer’s duty to establish what special precautions for handling and transporting of that waste are required, and to ensure that the waste is bagged securely, tied with the appropriate tie and labelled clearly with the place of origin.

3.2 Segregation of Waste

The following hazardous waste streams require specific safe segregation: -

3.2.1 Clinical / Biological

Waste Stream Waste Container

Yellow bag

Yellow Sharps box

All laboratory / clinical waste

Needles, areas scalpels, sharp items originating from laboratory / healthcare

Yellow rigid container Animal By-products /Carcasses / human tissue, items that are likely to leak

Producers of clinical and biological waste must also read the University guidance on

Autoclaving and waste disposal

CU Autoclaving and Waste Disposal

3.2.2 Chemical

Chemical waste must be segregated according to packing group and class.

Chemical waste will not be removed unless the pro forma containing the correct

information including UN numbers have been provided 3 days prior to the collection.

Chemical Disposal Form

CU Drum labeling sheet

UN numbers guidance

4.0 Storage of Hazardous Waste

All hazardous wastes must be stored securely prior to collection for disposal. It is considered best practice for all hazardous waste to be stored in adequate secure

(locked) facilities within the School / department. It is not acceptable to store waste in unsecure locations. Where hazardous wastes are stored outside they must be protected from the weather i.e. clinical waste should be stored in lockable yellow trolleys.

5.0 Collection

5.1 Clinical / Biological

Clinical / biological Laboratory waste in yellow bags and sharps boxes are collected weekly from departmental storage areas by a specialist disposal contractor. Waste should be brought to the collection area at the agreed time of the collection

. It is not acceptable to leave hazardous clinical waste unattended.

The disposal contractor is entitled to refuse any waste which they deem to be inadequately or improperly packed. It is a legal duty of any person producing hazardous wastes to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that any subsequent handler of that waste is not put at risk and this “duty of care” continues right up to the final disposal or destruction of the waste.

The OSHE Unit will advise on any waste problems.

DISPOSAL OF HUMAN TISSUE MUST BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HUMAN

TISSUE AUTHORITY CODE OF PRACTICE

– THE REMOVAL, STORAGE AND

DISPOSAL OF HUMAN ORGANS AND TISSUE http://www.hta.gov.uk/_db/_documents/2006-07-04_Approved_by_Parliament_-

_Code_of_Practice_5_-_Removal.pdf

5.2 Chemical

Chemical waste collections are arranged approximately every 6-8 weeks by OSHEU.

Departments needing to dispose of Chemical waste must e-mail the completed pro forma to [email protected]

.

5.3 WEEE

WEEE related waste including all IT waste are collected and disposed of via

Wastechnique. Prior to collection, it is the department’s responsibility to contact the company and provide information on the items to be disposed. The School / department will be invoiced directly for the disposal of this waste.

All WEEE waste must be decontaminated before disposal.

WEEE Disposal Guidelines

5.4 Fridges / freezers

Waste fridges and freezers are disposed of via the estates department. Prior to collection, it is the department’s responsibility to contact Estates and provide information on the items to be disposed. The School / department will be invoiced for the disposal of this waste.

5.5 Fluorescent tubes

Fluorescent tube waste is disposed of via the Estates department. This waste stream is funded centrally by Estates.

6.0 Consignment notes

All hazardous waste consigned to the specialist waste contractor must be signed for before the waste leaves Cardiff University property. The School must retain a copy of the consignment note. For the clinical waste a copy of this must then be forwarded to OSHEU for compliance records. Records

must

be kept for a minimum of 2 years.

7.0

Duty of Care Visits

As part of the compliance process, duty of care visits must be carried out on the hazardous waste produced within the University following from the point of production to the ultimate disposal. It is recognised that this may not always be practicable, particularly where wastes are bulked up prior to disposal i.e. Chemical waste. It is therefore University procedure to as a minimum standard visit all sites where University waste is taken as a transfer site and in addition visit the final destruction site. Duty of care visits will be carried out where reasonably practical on an annual basis. It is the responsibility of the department managing the hazardous waste stream to undertake the duty of care audit: -

Hazardous Waste Stream Department undertaking Duty of care

Clinical / Biological

Chemical

WEEE

Fridges / freezers

OSHEU

OSHEU

OSHEU

Estates

Estates Fluorescent tubes

8.0 Further information

For further clarification on any of the waste streams identified in this guidance, please contact OSHEU

Appendix 1 Hazardous Waste disposal

Waste Stream

Clinical / biological

Lead Department Managing contractor

OSHEU

Chemical

WEEE

Fridges / freezers

Fluroescent tubes

OSHEU

OSHEU

Estates

Estates

Contractor

STG

Biffa

Wastechnique

TAP

Lampcare

Collection frequency

Weekly

– Thursday

Bimonthly

On request

On request

On request

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