5.11 Safe Disposal of waste (including sharps)

Safe Disposal of waste (including sharps)

Waste should be handled in accordance with Section 1.9 of SICPs. Waste generated in patient bedroom and treatment  areas within the High and Medium Risk pathway should be treated as infectious (category B) where clinical waste contracts are in place.

Care home and community settings

If the facility does not have a clinical waste contract, ensure all waste items that have been in contact with the individual – for example, used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths – are disposed of securely within disposable bags.

When full, the plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied.

These bags should be stored in a secure location (not an individual’s bedroom) for 72 hours before being put out for collection.

Note: FRSMs worn as part of the extended use of facemasks policy should be disposed of as clinical waste.