Workplace Health and Safety
Safe Disposal of Sanitary Waste
The Law requires you to provide a disposal system of sanitary products for females in your establishment. It states that the waste systems should actively control odour and fight bacteria. The removal and disposal of these items must be completed by a registered waste carrier.
Nexus Hygiene Ltd is a Registered Waste Carrier approved by the Environment Agency to help carry out all your legal requirements under the approved code of practice, Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992.
The Approved Code of Practice (ACoP), published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which supports the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 states that: ‘’In the case of water closets used by women, suitable means should be provided for the disposal of sanitary dressings.” This duty is further supported by the Water Industries Act 1991. It states that “No item should be flushed that could cause a blockage within the sewer or drain.”
As an Employer, under The Environment Protection Act 1990 you have a Duty of Care to ensure that all washroom waste products are managed until the final stage of disposal. In addition to your legal responsibilities, the condition of your washroom facilities can impact upon your employees’ well being, morale and customers’ perception of your business.