Guidelines – HTM 07-01

Sharpsafe and Health Technical Memorandum 07-01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste.

Sharpsafe adopts the key recommendations of the HTM 07-01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste Guidelines and incorporates near patient sharps disposal (NPSD), helping to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries.

HTM 07-01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste

  • Replaces Health Services Advisory Committee’s (1999) guidance document ‘Safe Disposal of Clinical Waste’
  • Guidance produced to provide a framework for best practice waste management to help healthcare providers and other producers to meet legislative requirements
  • Guidance focuses on the management of medicinal and infectious waste
  • Key Recommendations of HTM 07-01
  • A new methodology for identifying and classifying infectious and medicinal waste that complies with health and safety, transport and waste regulations. (The new methodology is described as the Unified Approach)
  • A revised colour-coded best practice waste segregation and packaging system
  • An offensive/hygiene waste stream to describe waste that is non-infectious (human hygiene waste)
  • The inclusion of European Waste Codes (EWC) on waste documentation (consignment notes) for healthcare waste in-transit on public roads.

Download HTM 07-01

You can download a copy of the Health Technical Memorandum 07-01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste from the Department of Health website by clicking the button below.

HTM 07-01 Safe Management of Healthcare Waste Guidelines

HTM 07-01: Safe Management of Healthcare Waste Guidelines oblige NHS Trusts to segregate clinical waste into specific colour coded waste streams, according to the nature of the waste:

Symbol01 SHARPS WASTE Partially Discharged
(For INCINERATION)
Partially discharged and empty sharps including those contaminated with medicines other than those that are cytotoxic and cytostatic.
Symbol02 SHARPS WASTE Non Pharmaceutically Contaminated Sharps
(For INCINERATION or ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT)
Non pharmaceutically contaminated sharps not contaminated with medicines including cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines.
Symbol03 CYTO SHARPS WASTE
(For INCINERATION)
Sharps including those contaminated with cytotoxic and cytostatic medicines.
Symbol04 SOLID PHARMA WASTE
(For INCINERATION)
Solid pharmaceutical waste including medicinal waste in original packaging.
Symbol05 CLINICAL WASTE
(For INCINERATION)
Clinical waste, surgical instruments and other infected clinical wastes not suitable for disposal in sharps containers or plastic bags.
Symbol06 ANATOMICAL WASTE
(For INCINERATION)
Identifiable Anatomical Waste

More in-built safety features than any other disposable sharps container.