Stericycle’s Regulatory and Safety teams have been closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV, particularly developments made in infection control related to the proper management of clinical waste generated during treatment of patients infected with the virus.
On 31 January 2020 Public Health England (PHE) updated its guidance for the management of waste arising from a suspected or confirmed Coronavirus case, determining that the waste can now be classified as Category B infectious waste for packaging and transport. This is a change to previous guidance, which was to classify the waste as Category A.
PHE has created an information page on infection prevention and control, including requirements for waste management. The NHS has created an information page for the general public. Stericycle will keep its customers and team members informed of significant regulatory developments.
To mitigate risk associated with managing waste contaminated with 2019-CoV, Stericycle has developed a dedicated procedure for the management of this waste. The procedure is designed to protect our customers’ staff and facilities, our team members and the community. If you are a Stericycle customer treating a patient infected with 2019-nCoV, please contact your Stericycle representatives to learn more about our procedures for this waste stream.For more information please call 0333 240 4400