22.3.1  Waste handling

There are a number of basic guidelines for waste handling. All healthcare waste should be segregated and placed into waste bins by the person generating the waste at the point where waste is generated. All specific healthcare waste segregation, packaging and labelling needs to be explained to the medical and supporting staff. Information should be displayed in charts on the walls of each room. Carts and recyclable containers used for transport of healthcare waste should be disinfected after each use. Sanitary staff and sweepers must wear proper protective clothing at all times when handling infectious waste including face masks, aprons, boots, and heavy duty gloves, as required.

23.3  Management of hazardous healthcare waste

23.3.2  Waste minimisation