Clinical waste may contain:
- human or animal tissue
- blood or other body fluids
- drugs or other pharmaceutical products
- used swabs or dressings
- used syringes, needles or other sharp instruments
Clinical waste also includes any other waste that could pose a risk of infection and may be produced by:
- medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical or similar practices
- investigation, treatment, care, teaching or research
- collecting blood for transfusion.
Clinical waste can be a health risk to anyone who comes into contact with it. It can be treated to be made safe.
If you produce store or transport most types of clinical waste you must comply with the hazardous/special waste regulations.