The importance of Medical Bins

Why is it important to have the right medical bins in place?

Medical bins are essential for any healthcare setting, there are many rules and regulations for healthcare waste so it's important you get the right type of bin. According to a recent study by the World Health Organisation, 85% of waste generated by healthcare facilities is categorised as domestic, with only 15% considered infectious and hazardous - disposing of waste correctly is crucial to infection prevention.

What is medical waste?

Medical waste is waste which comes from medical, nursing, dental or similar environments that may pose harm to others and the environment through injury or infection. This would include syringes, needles, bandages, and dressings that have been contaminated with blood. It's any waste which consists of any human or animal tissue, blood or any other bodily fluids, drugs or any other pharmaceutical products. 

A number of steps can be put into place to improve waste segregation; coloured bags are used in healthcare facilities to ensure the appropriate waste is disposed of correctly.

  • Every year 16 million injections are estimated to be administered worldwide - but not all needles or syringes are disposed of properly afterwards.
  • Open burning and incineration of healthcare waste can result in emission of dioxins, furans, and particulate matter.

 What is the medical waste disposal system?

  • Yellow lidded bins - used for partially discharged sharps including those contaminated with medicines and wastes which require incineration. 
  • Blue lidded bins - medical and pharmaceutical waste in original packaging for incineration.
  • Orange lidded bins - items which are contaminated with bodily fluids suitable for alternative treatment, for example, sharps, wipes, dressings, and gloves.
  • Purple lidded bins - waste that is contaminated with cytostatic and cytotoxic medicinal products for incineration.
  • Red lidded bins - anatomical waste which includes body parts and placenta which requires incineration.
  • Yellow & Black bags - hygiene waste such as, nappies, wipes, gloves, any garments with non-infectious body fluids.

 Medical Sackholders

Our medical sackholders are manufactured from galvanised steel with a hands free foot pedal operation which helps to minimise the risk of cross-infection. We have a new Eco Sackholder that offers the same great level of quality, but with an eco-friendly design that allows us to pass on significant cost savings to our customers. The lid sits flush in the frame for a smooth and stylish finish. 

All plastic sackholder - all plastic sackholder specifically designed and manufactured to meet the demand for a plastic sackholder to be supplied to the NHS, this unit offers strength, style and durability, with absolutely no chance of rusting.

Medical sackholder - This clinical sack holder is manufactured from a combination of premium quality, corrosion resistant galvanised steel and ABS grade durable plastic. The lid is formed from galvanised steel to provide a heavy duty lid, while the base is manufactured from plastic to give extra corrosion resistance for instances when the bin is placed in areas such as wet rooms.

Eco sackholder - Clinical and domestic waste bin is manufactured from galvanised steel and powder coated for extra corrosion resistance. 28 Litre Eco Sackholder is a small capacity clinical and domestic waste bin, ideal for NHS and healthcare settings.

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