Local clinical waste collection update
Stericycle’s messages regarding actions they have taken during the coronavirus outbreak:
- Temporary stop on the requirement for signatures for consignment notes. (To support customers and drivers with the environmental regulators (EA / NRW / SEPA) advised of this position.)
- The introduction of a temporary “collection suspension” process. This is a key part of our contingency. Drivers will feed back daily any sites within their route that are closed. This will allow for effective routing moving forward.
- An aim to manage appropriate reductions in services to non-healthcare related services.
- Working with our wider organisation to utilise additional capacity where needed. Our sister company, Shredit, may be able to support with driver contingency in the event of high levels of driver absence due to self-isolation or illness.
Useful links to waste management guidance
NHS England primary care has COVID-19: interim guidance for primary care which covers cleaning clinics in section 4.
PHE has published guidance on environmental decontamination (in section 8)
PHE has published guidance on waste at section 9. This section refers to waste as being category B clinical waste and refers on to Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe management of healthcare waste
The guidance also includes detail regarding linen (section 10), staff uniforms (section 11), equipment (section 12) and environment at section 13
PHE has also published guidance for cleaning non-healthcare settings