Duty of Care
As a producer of waste all employers have a legal Duty of Care to ensure that all controlled waste is legally handled, managed and processed from its production to its final disposal.
Breach of the Duty of Care is a criminal offence, which carries a penalty of up to £5,000 on summary conviction or an unlimited fine upon conviction on indictment and so it is critically important that you know and understand who you are entrusting your waste disposal to.
Whether you produce controlled waste, otherwise referred to as hazardous waste, offensive waste, clinical waste or medical waste, may not be completely obvious at first so here’s a few questions that will help to answer the question of “What’s this got to do with me?”
- Do you have female washroom facilities with disposal bins for sanitary products?
- Do you have baby changing facilities with disposal bins for used nappies?
- Do you have a first aid room or facilities where swabs and medical dressings are disposed of?
- Does your first aid equipment contain any needles, scalpels or other sharp medical instruments?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are producing controlled waste and as such you may be held liable for any breach in the storage, handling, carriage and transfer or disposal process!