Care homes in Scotland will need to complete pre-acceptance audit checks for their healthcare waste, under new proposals out for consultation.
Run by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA), the consultation Storage and treatment of healthcare waste: Appropriate measures and supporting guidance explains that introducing pre-acceptance audits will help ensure that the right waste goes to the right place for suitable storage and treatment and is then disposed of appropriately.
Care home operators will also need to ensure waste is rigorously separated before collection.
At present only a limited number of waste operators regulated by SEPA have pre-acceptance requirements in their environmental authorisations. SEPA believes that applying pre-acceptance audits to all operators will improve consistency, work towards a level playing field and drive-up standards for waste segregation at source. Shona McConnell, SEPA senior manager, Compliance and Beyond, said: “Going forward Scotland is taking the same approach as other parts of the UK – if you don’t have a pre-acceptance audit in place, the authorised storage and treatment facility will not be able to accept your waste.
Care homes with questions can contact SEPA via email
The consultation runs until 29 April 2022.