What is clinical waste?
Clinical waste – including the likes of sharps, dressings and PPE contaminated with body fluids or tissues – presents people with the danger of infection. This makes it hazardous waste, an umbrella under which laboratory waste and pharmaceutical waste also fall.
Risks associated with the incorrect handling and disposal of clinical waste – or healthcare waste – could be harmful to both human wellbeing and the environment. When disposed of in landfill rather than processed at a specialist facility, clinical waste could bring risks such as the spread of infection or the pollution of land and water.