Australian Healthcare Waste Management
While the waste management industry is large and diverse, the Australian healthcare waste management sector that deals with potentially infectious clinical waste is small and specialised.
We are an Australian Healthcare Waste Solutions Provider
Servicing Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. 180 Waste Group supplies, installs and maintains certified healthcare waste management equipment to hospitals, surgeries, clinics, laboratories, waste management transfer centres and manufacturers of medical supplies.
Managing Potentially Infectious Clinical Waste
Healthcare and medical waste is potentially infectious and hazardous. Mismanagement of healthcare waste is high risk. Our healthcare waste solutions make the handling, processing and disposal of potentially infectious healthcare waste easy and safe.
Australian COVID-19 Stats29 Oct 2020, 1:17 AM (GMT)
Why - to solve healthcare waste management problems
How - providing technology that noticeably improves recycling outcomes
What - onsite processing/treatment of solid and liquid healthcare waste
Servicing Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. 180 Waste Group supply, install and maintain certified healthcare waste management equipment to hospitals, surgeries, clinics, laboratories, waste management transfer centres and manufacturers of medical supplies.
The 180 Waste Group offers a new approach to clinical healthcare waste management by enabling the patented solution for onsite infectious waste processing. Commercial, safety and environmental benefits are numerous as the specialised sterilisation equipment processes the waste into an unrecognisable byproduct that is a fraction of its original weight and volume.
Medical Waste Assessment
Supply & Install Healthcare Waste Treatment Solutions
Education and Training
Service and Customer Care
Healthcare Waste Management Glossary
Anatomic wasteConsists of recognisable body parts.
Auto-disable syringeA specially modified disposable syringe with a fixed needle which is automatically disabled by plunger blocking after a single use.
Bloodborne pathogensInfectious agents transmitted through exposure to blood or blood products.
Burden of diseaseThe health and socio-economic cost of a given medical condition on a society.
Chemical wasteConsists of/or containing chemical substances.
[Includes: laboratory chemicals; film developer; disinfectants expired or no longer needed; solvents, cleaning agents and other].
Colour codingDesignates the use of different colours for the storage of various categories of HCW.
ContainerVessel in which waste is placed for handling, transportation, storage and/or eventual disposal. The waste container is a component of the waste package.
Cytotoxic wasteAny material contaminated with residues or preparations from Cytotoxic drugs. These drugs possess a specific destructive action on certain cells.
DisinfectantChemical agent that is able to reduce the viability of microorganisms.
Disposable syringeAn all-plastic syringe designed for a single use, with a separate, steel needle. Because there is no mechanism to prevent re-use, this type of syringe may be used more than once.
DisposalIntentional burial, deposit, discharge, dumping, placing or release of any waste material into or on any air, land or water.
HandlingThe functions associated with the movement of waste materials.
HCWMHealthcare Waste Management
Healthcare wastes with high content of heavy metalsConsists of materials and equipment which include heavy metals and derivatives in their structure.
[Includes: batteries; broken thermometers; manometers].
Hepatitis BHepatitis caused by a virus and transmitted by exposure to blood or blood products or during sexual intercourse. It causes acute and chronic hepatitis. Chronic hepatitis B can cause liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.
Hepatitis CHepatitis caused by a virus and transmitted by exposure to blood or blood products. Hepatitis C is usually chronic and can cause cirrhosis and primary liver cancer.
HIV / AIDSHuman Immunodeficiency Virus, a virus transmitted through exposure to blood or blood products or during sexual intercourse. HIV causes the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
IncinerationThe controlled burning of solid, liquid or gaseous wastes to produce gases and residues containing little or no combustible material.
Infection controlThe activities aiming at the prevention of the spread of pathogens between patients, from healthcare workers to patients, and from patients to healthcare workers in the healthcare setting.
Infectious healthcare wasteDiscarded materials from healthcare activities on humans or animals which have the potential of transmitting infectious agents to humans. These include discarded materials or equipment from the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, assessment of health status or identification purposes, that have been in contact with blood and its derivatives, tissues, tissue fluids, or wastes from infection isolation wards.
[Includes: cultures and stocks; tissues; dressings, swabs or other items soaked with blood; blood bags. Sharps, whether contaminated or not, should be considered as a subgroup of infectious healthcare waste].
Open dumpCharacterised by the uncontrolled and scattered deposit of wastes.
Pharmaceutical wasteConsisting of/or containing pharmaceuticals.
[Includes: pharmaceuticals expired, no longer needed; their containers, items contaminated by or containing pharmaceuticals (bottles, boxes...)].
PathogenA microorganism capable of causing disease.
Pressurised containersConsists of containers (full or empty) with pressurised liquid, gas or powdered materials.
[Includes: gas cylinders and cartridges; aerosol cans].
Radioactive healthcare wasteConsisting of/or containing radioactive substances.
[Includes: unused liquids from radiotherapy or laboratory research; contaminated glassware, packages or absorbent paper; urine and excreta from patients treated or tested with unsealed radionuclides; sealed sources].
RecyclingThe recovery and reuse of scrap or waste material for manufacturing or other purposes.
RiskProbability that a hazard will cause harm and the severity of that harm.
Safe injectionAn injection that does not harm recipients neither exposes health workers to risks or results in waste that puts communities at risk.
Safety (sharps) boxA puncture proof/liquid proof container designed to hold used sharps safely during disposal and destruction.
Safety syringeModified, disposable plastic syringe designed for the HC worker to disable it in a way that the needle is protected & cannot be re-used.
Sanitary landfillCharacterised by the controlled and organised deposit of wastes which is then covered regularly (daily) by the staff present on site. Appropriate engineering preparations of the site and a favourable geological setting (providing an isolation of wastes from the environment) are required.
SegregationThe systematic separation of waste into designated categories.
SharpsSharps are a subcategory of infectious healthcare waste and include objects that are sharp and can cause injuries.
[Includes: syringe needles, scalpels, infusion sets, knives, blades, broken glass].