Dental Clinical Waste

Dental practices must ensure that the full range of waste generated is properly, legally, safely and effectively disposed of, ensuring that risks or potential risks of contamination or infection both within and external to the practice are minimised.

Legislation and Healthcare Waste

Requirements may vary between waste contractors and definitive protocols should be developed in conjunction with the waste contractor and if necessary, the Environment Agency who have overall responsibility for waste management in England and Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency or Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

The dental practice has a statutory duty of care. This means everyone in the waste management chain from producer to disposer. Dental practices are to take all reasonable measures to ensure that waste is dealt with appropriately from the point of production to the point of final disposal.

The dental practices responsibility does not end when your waste collector removes your waste

The term ‘hazardous waste’ is used throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It describes waste with hazardous attributes in line with the List of Waste (LoW) regulations. This converts the European Waste Catalogue (EWC) into domestic legislation, and provides codes for all hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

Scotland refer to ‘hazardous’ waste as ‘special’ waste in line with the Special Waste Amendment (Scotland) regulations which fulfil the requirements of the waste directive in Scotland.