UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

HOPE CAG/R&D

RISK ASSESSMENT FORM

DESCRIPTION OF THE JOB OR MAIN ACTIVITY

Hazardous Waste Disposal

including:

Clinical waste (including contaminated sharps), Harmful pathogens

Chemical waste, Sharps and broken glass, Carcasses and Radioactivity

HAZARDS TO STAFF AND OTHERS

Risk of infection - from biologically hazardous material (Clinical Waste) and pathogens

Injury - from sharps and broken glass

Burns, fire, explosion etc - from hazardous chemicals and solvents

Exposure to ionising radiation from radioisotopes

RISK EVALUATION LOW

Some risk of injury exists, however, the following actions/safety precautions

should eliminate or reduce it to an acceptable level

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Cleaning staff must not empty bins or bags containing hazardous waste.

Harmful pathogens - to be autoclaved before placing in yellow bags for incineration. All contaminated glassware to be autoclaved prior to washing.

Clinical Waste - to be disposed of in yellow bags that are to be secured, labelled with appropriate tape and stored in lockable bin at the rear entrance of CSB.

Non-contaminated sharps - must be placed in special sharps containers that must be sealed firmly when 3/4 full and stored in lockable bin at the rear entrance of CSB.

Contaminated sharps in tissue culture (glass pasteur pipettes) must be decomtaminated using 2% Virkon overnight, then discarded in sharps bin.

Liquid waste to be disposed of down the sluice.

Chemicals - COSHH assessments must be carried out for all chemicals. Waste hazardous chemicals to be disposed of via the appropriate disposal route.

Broken glass - must be placed in red bins designated for that purpose only. When 3/4 full sealed then stored in lockable bin at the rear entrance of CSB.

Radioactivity - the rules governing the disposal of radioisotopes must be adhered to.

MANAGERIAL ARRANGEMENTS

Planning and Organising

The Steward is to ensure a summary sheet for all waste disposal routes are posted in each laboratory.

The Trust Environmental Officer is responsible for arrangements for the disposal of waste chemicals.

Radiation Protection Advisor to oversee radioactive waste disposal.

Training and Instruction

All new staff to be informed of all waste disposal arrangements by supervisor, line manager/PI and made aware of notices displaying the information.

Work Equipment and Materials

Suitable bags, (yellow, black, autoclave) and sharps bins for waste disposal to be held in Central Stores. Shielding for radioactive waste to be provided by the RPS.

Personal Protective Equipment

A general range of gloves, safety glasses and disposable masks to be held in the Central Stores.

MONITORING AND REVIEW

Incident Investigation

ny incident to be reported to PI/Team leader immediately and an incident report form completed.

The PI/Team leader will investigate with the Health & Safety Advisor. The findings will be reported to the R&D risk management committee

Routine Inspections

General safety and radiation inspections to be carried out in accordance with School Health & Safety Policy and Local Rules respectively.

Risk Assessment Review

Assessment to be reviewed annually by the steward

Health Surveillance

The PI/supervisor will liase with the BSO/Deputy BSO to ensure that people working with GMO’s /pathogens are periodically reviewed. All accidents must be reported in accordance with University/Trust requirements. Accidents involving Biological hazards or pathogens to be brought to the attention of the BSO/Deputy BSO for investigation.

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REFERENCES

Advisory Notice UMSHA 20 Disposal of Waste Chemicals and Solvents

Advisory Notice UMHSA (1998) Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 – Implementation in the University

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