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Ensuring accurate categorisation of specific wastes is paramount to proper handling and disposal procedures. Conducting assessments helps identify any hazardous or special components, such as infectious materials, medicines, or chemicals, ensuring appropriate disposal methods are applied.

Assessment is crucial to determining a client’s infectious status. Depending on information provided by the client or their caregiver, waste is categorised accordingly. For instance, if an infection is not disclosed, waste may be treated as non-infectious.

Additionally, certain activities, like using needles and syringes, require categorising waste as ‘sharps waste’. Being mindful of such details ensures adherence to safety protocols and regulatory standards.

The full overview from the Healthcare Waste Management Association can be found by clicking HERE