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AS 3816:2018


Management of clinical and related wastes

The objective of this Standard is to establish principles for clinical and related wastes to be safely managed and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. It seeks to provide personnel responsible for the proper handling, storage and disposal of healthcare and biomedical wastes such as hospital environmental services management, nursing unit managers, laboratory managers, practice proprietors and others with practical information about how to manage these wastes from point of generation to final disposal.
Published: 21/12/2018
Pages: 26
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About this publication
1 Scope
2 Referenced documents
3 Definitions
4 Identification of waste streams
4.1 Stream identification steps
4.2 Categorize by waste properties
4.3 Resolving categorization ambiguity
4.4 Mixed waste
5 Waste receptacles
5.1 General requirements — All waste types
5.2 Receptacles — General requirements for all receptacles
5.2.1 Colour and labelling
5.2.2 Design
5.2.3 Physical performance
5.2.4 Unsecured receptacles
5.2.5 Suitability for manual handling
5.2.6 Suitability for being cleaned
5.2.7 Suitability for reuse
5.2.8 Suitability for dangerous goods
5.3 Receptacles — General requirements for bags
5.3.1 Waste restrictions
5.3.2 Choice of material
5.3.3 Security during deposition
5.3.4 Sizing and fitting
5.3.5 Tying off before removal
5.3.6 Manner of closure
5.3.7 Manual handling limitations
5.3.8 Performance criteria
5.3.9 Bags for sterilising waste
5.3.10 Reuse of bags
5.3.11 Markings and colour
5.4 Receptacles — General requirements for sharps disposal containers
5.4.1 Container opening
5.4.2 Container depth
5.4.3 Commercial activity containers
5.4.4 Self-care containers
5.4.5 Container location
5.4.6 Container accessibility and visibility
5.4.7 Wall mounting
5.4.8 Stability and orientation
5.4.9 Closure during movement to another point of use
5.4.10 Replacement schedule
5.5 Receptacles — Colours and markings
5.5.1 Bags
5.5.2 Rigid receptacles Rigid receptacles with lid Rigid receptacles without a lid
5.6 Receptacles — Additional requirements for specific waste types
5.6.1 Category A infectious waste
5.6.2 GMO Pharmaceutical waste from pharmacies
5.6.3 Radioactive waste General
5.6.4 UN3291 Clinical waste Bulk liquids Single stage segregation Onsite treatment Receptacles for transportation
6 Receptacle requirements and movement within the facility
6.1 General requirements — All waste types
6.1.1 Receptacle positioning, all waste types Positioning Accessibility Receptacle stability Trolley stability Hazardous waste access
6.1.2 Movement within the facility, all waste types Nominated waste handlers Timing and frequency of replenishment Transit routes Security during transit Chutes Lid security Bags Trolleys Personal protective equipment Two-wheeled MGBs Receptacle loads
6.1.3 Receptacle cleaning
6.1.4 Spills management
7 Waste storage
7.1 General requirements
7.2 Storage — Additional requirements
7.2.1 GMO waste
7.2.2 UN3291 Clinical waste Storage area Waste separation Signposting Clean bin separation Shipping containers
7.2.3 Pharmaceutical waste Waste security Restricted drugs Hazardous chemicals
8 Waste transport
8.1 General requirements
8.1.1 Lawful waste facilities
8.1.2 Transportation by waste generator
8.1.3 Waste tracking
8.1.4 Transporter licensing
8.1.5 Provision of safe loading locations
8.1.6 Collection arrangements
8.2 Additional requirements for specific waste types
8.2.1 Pharmaceutical waste
8.2.2 Medical or Clinical Waste UN3291, UN2814 and UN2900 Clinical Waste UN3291 Vehicle requirements Other ADG Code requirements Contaminated receptacles Source identification Vehicle cleaning
9 Waste treatment and disposal
9.1 General requirements
9.2 Treatment — Additional requirements for GMO waste
10 Waste management plans
10.1 Documentation of waste arrangements
10.2 Plan contents
11 Waste management training
11.1 Topics for all waste generators and handlers
11.2 Receptacle selection, use and movement
11.3 Clinical waste handling
11.4 Training records
Cited references in this standard
[Pending Revision]
The storage and handling of toxic substances
Reusable containers for the collection of sharp items used in human and animal medical applications
AS/NZS 4123
Mobile waste containers (all parts)
The storage and handling of mixed classes of dangerous goods, in packages and intermediate bulk containers
AS/NZS 2161.10
Occupational protective gloves, Part 10:Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms
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