Regulatory framework in small HCFs

Although small HCFs usually produce very limited amounts of HCW out of which the hazardous part is only a small fraction, the disposal of sharps in particular is an issue of concern.

Like all other HCFs, small healthcare establishments have responsibilities and a "duty of care" for the environment and public health, particularly in relation to the waste they produce. They also carry a responsibility to ensure that there are no adverse health and environmental consequences as a result of waste handling, treatment and disposal activities.

Healthcare waste must be disposed of in accordance with all relevant national legislation, such as regulations pertaining to: [read more…]

  • waste in general;
  • effects on public health and the environment;
  • air quality;
  • prevention and control of infectious disease;
  • management of radioactive materials.

Although in a more simplified manner, small HCFs need to have a set of comprehensive HCWM rules. These are usually found in the code of practice.

HCF code of practice

The HCF waste management code of practice plays a critical role in the overall waste management system. This document describes the standards and procedures for the HCF based on the type of equipment used.

The code of practice also describes the roles and responsibilities of the staff. It forms the baseline document against which the waste management system of the HCF can be monitored.

In most cases, the code of practice is a generic document prepared at central level by the Ministry of Health.