Cytotoxic Waste Disposal
Cytotoxic Waste is any waste exposed to or contaminated by Cytotoxic drugs. Cytotoxic drugs are those used during cancer treatment, specifically chemotherapy. Since they contain toxic chemicals that destroy cells and prevent cell growth, Cytotoxic drugs cause severe side effects to the body. This is because they cannot specifically target unhealthy cells.
To avoid exposure, anyone who works with Cytotoxic Waste must follow strict Cytotoxic Waste disposal and handling guidelines.
Ace Waste specialises in handling, collection and disposal of Cytotoxic Waste. All done in accordance with government regulations for you.
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Cytotoxic Waste Examples
Cytotoxic Waste includes any material or equipment used in the preparation, transport and administration of Cytotoxic treatment. Some Cytotoxic Waste examples are:
- Sharps (needles/syringes)
- Urine and faeces
- Air filters
- Contaminated IV Bags and tubing
Any other material that comes into contact with Cytotoxic Waste is rendered equally dangerous.
Ace Waste provides high-temperature incineration facilities, which are comprised of an approved and environmentally sound disposal option. We meet stringent standards for the disposal of cytotoxic waste.
How to Dispose of Cytotoxic Waste
Workers must segregate and dispose of Cytotoxic Waste properly. The Environmental Protection (EPA) act states that all Cytotoxic Waste must be incinerated. Ace Waste’s EPA approved incineration facilities destroy all Cytotoxic Waste. Contact our team to find out more.
Cytotoxic Waste Handling
Healthcare facilities must install strict control measures when handling Cytotoxic Waste. Correct Cytotoxic Waste handling minimises the risk of personal and environmental exposure.
Cytotoxic drugs should be handled in a manner which avoids:
- skin contact
- the liberation of aerosols or powdered drugs into the air
- cross-contamination with other drugs.
Those who prepare and administer Cytotoxic drugs are most at risk of exposure. To minimise this risk, facilities should follow a specific recruitment process. Facilities must also provide their staff with appropriate PPE and compliance training. Reach out to our Ace Waste team to discover more about correct Cytotoxic Waste handling.
Cytotoxic Waste Disposal in Hospitals
Hospitals are responsible for ensuring their workers follow safe Cytotoxic Waste storage and disposal procedures. All workers are required to wear PPE and undergo consistent, up-to-date training.
Staff must segregate Cytotoxic Waste and use sturdy, colour-coded (purple) packaging. Contact Ace Waste today to ask about our approved range of Cytotoxic Waste bins.
How should Cytotoxic Drugs be stored?
Healthcare facilities and healthcare homes must store Cytotoxic Drugs in a highly secure, signed area, accessible only by authorised personnel.
QLD Health states that Cytotoxic Drugs must be kept in purple, puncture-resistant, leak-proof containers with clear cytotoxic warning labels. Depending on the medication, they may also require refrigeration. These areas must also have SDS (Safety Data Sheets) readily available for each Cytotoxic Drug.
How do you manage a Cytotoxic spill?
Cytotoxic spills can occur when Cytotoxic Drugs are transported, handled, disposed of or stored. Even though there are numerous control measures to avoid Cytotoxic spills, if you are handling Cytotoxic Drugs, you must know how to manage spills effectively.
Firstly, each workplace will have tailored risk assessments to identify all areas where a Cytotoxic spill could happen.
A risk assessment will also identify how to manage a Cytotoxic spill and specifically which situations require workers to use a Spill Kit. Spill Kits contain, control and clean up hazardous chemical spills or leaks in the workplace. Wherever Cytotoxic Drugs are present, appropriate locations for storing the Spill Kit should be selected and signed appropriately.
Each location will have unique Safety Operation Procedures (SOPs) for their workplace. However, the procedure should always involve protecting workers from exposure and a basic spill reporting system to alert high management.
For more information on managing a Cytotoxic spill, click here, or contact the Ace Waste team.
Ace Waste provides Australia's leading solutions for your Cytotoxic Waste Disposal needs
Benefits of cytotoxic waste incineration
High-temperature thermal incineration, of clinical waste, leaves no trace, residue or waste otherwise headed for the landfill. Our low emission technology surpasses EPA environmental standards and produces 24 times less greenhouse gas emissions than treatment landfill operations.
A clean & ecologically sustainable alternative
Efficient cytotoxic waste disposal is a cornerstone of sustainable and ecologically-renewable business practice.
High-temperature incineration converts any waste that has come into contact with cytotoxic/chemotherapy drugs, into renewable energy sources. Rather than becoming problematic as landfill, the clinical waste is converted into a valuable and highly usable commodity in its new format as clean energy.
Trackable Waste Disposal
Using our patented Ace Waste Live ™ Tracking System, you can track the transfer and disposal process of your cytotoxic waste in real-time. Know where and how your waste is being disposed of to give you more control over your business systems and reporting. It’s a far superior way of managing your waste.
Waste audit & Management Strategy
Getting the classification of waste correct can save you a lot of money in avoiding hefty penalties that come with infringements. Talk to us to help correctly identify what counts for clinical waste disposal. As well as opportunities to change practice and improve the quality of waste management outcomes; i.e. reduce costs, achieve compliance and enhance sustainability.
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