The key principles of clinical waste regulations relate to the correct segregation, storage, disposal and documentation of waste. The Department of Health provides best practice guidelines for waste segregation and disposal through its colour coding system. It is recommended that different waste streams are allocated specific colours, so as to make management of different waste items easier and more efficient. The colour code can be applied from the point waste is generated, throughout storage, transportation and disposal.
There are four key regulations that apply to clinical waste in Ireland, outlined below. We understand the legal obligations placed on organisations that must comply with these, and provide trusted guidance to business in enhancing and streamlining protocols within your environment.