Waste Audit & Duty of Care Checks

The environment agency are introducing requirements whereby the waste disposer will have to have a recent and detailed waste composition audit before they can accept waste.

Waste Audit and Duty of Care Checks:

Waste disposal contractors are required by their own permit to have a ‘pre acceptance’ audit completed by the dental practice before they can accept waste.

Best Practice is that procedures should be regularly audited. This allows the dental practice to correctly describe and classify waste in order to complete the waste documentation and therefore discharge its duty of care.

Audits should demonstrate the 'waste stream' of each type of waste produced by the practice, such as:

  • Sharps
  • Chemicals
  • Amalgam

For more information on waste segregation please see the relevant sections of the Isopharm website.

On each of these waste streams the audit must recognise:

  • What waste containers are used?
  • How are they labelled?
  • Is classification accurate and correctly described on waste documentation?

What is Coming Next?

The environment agency are introducing requirements whereby the waste disposer will have to have a recent and detailed waste composition audit before they can accept waste.

The details required are expected to be:

  • Information on waste segregation procedures
  • How effective the procedures are
  • What contents go in which waste stream

Evidence of this is likely to be gathered by observation and/or staff questionnaires.

The presence of these audits will allow the practice to demonstrate that it has discharged its duty of care in describing and packaging its waste.

Practices should always know where their waste is, up until the point of final disposal. 

  • Documentation should be provided if waste is to be held at a waste transfer station.
  • Waste should be identified if incineration can occur
  • Ensure the waste description is correct.