Responsibilities

Dental practices, along with everyone involved in waste management, have a statutory duty of care.

Responsibilities of the Dental Practice

The dental practices responsibilities for clinical waste do not end when they pass it onto a waste collector.

Dental practices, along with everyone involved in waste management, have a statutory duty of care.

This chain begins with the waste producer and continues through to the waste disposer.

From the perspective of a dental practice, the statutory duty of care means preventing waste escaping and to take all appropriate measures to ensure waste is dealt with adequately from the point of production to the point of final disposal.

HTM 07-01 states that dental practices are solely responsible for ensuring that waste is:

  • Correctly segregated
  • Stored safely and securely on the premises
  • Packaged appropriately for transport
  • Described fully and accurately on the accompanying documentation when removed
  • Transferred to an authorised person for transport to an authorised waste site
  • Appropriately registered for hazardous waste, with necessary records and returns at premises

Practice principles, practice managers and/or senior management teams should ensure that all staff involved in waste disposal have received training, and are aware of the practices waste management procedures.