Understanding how to dispose of PPE in your practice


It is essential that you provide the means for your employees, customers and visitors to dispose of single-use items of PPE correctly and responsibly – healthcare practices should continue to follow the HTM 07 01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste guidelines. They should also be aware of the Government guidance around not disposing of PPE waste into standard recycling bins. All used PPE, no matter what industry or profession you’re in, has the potential to become contaminated and therefore poses a threat when discarded. The increased risk of plastic waste ending up in oceans and harming both the natural environment and wildlife, also needs to be considered and mitigated against wherever possible when it comes to PPE disposal.

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