Clinical waste (including contaminated sharps), Harmful pathogens
Chemical waste, Sharps and broken glass, Carcasses and Radioactivity
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
Some risk of injury exists, however, the following actions/safety precautions
should eliminate or reduce it to an acceptable level
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.
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.
All new staff to be informed of all waste disposal arrangements by supervisor, line manager/PI and made aware of notices displaying the information.
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.
A general range of gloves, safety glasses and disposable masks to be held in the Central Stores.
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
General safety and radiation inspections to be carried out in accordance with School Health & Safety Policy and Local Rules respectively.
Assessment to be reviewed annually by the steward
The PI/supervisor will liase with the BSO/Deputy BSO to ensure that people working with GMOs /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.
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