The 7th edition of the Industry Code of Practice for the Management of Biohazardous Waste (including Clinical & Related wastes) - formerly titled Industry Code of Practice for the Management of Clinical and Related Wastes - was launched at 9.00am on 23 July, 2014 at the National Energy from Waste Symposium at the Mantra Lorne, Victoria.
The goal of the Code of Practice is the voluntary commitment by all stakeholders to Environmental Best Practice in the safe and cost effective transportation, treatment and disposal of biohazardous waste. Following the guidelines in the Code should ensure not only environmental benefits, but also that wastes are managed in a safe and cost-effective manner.
The 7th edition was prepared following extensive consultation with State and Territory health agencies, environment and occupational health & safety agencies as well as a number of medical and nursing professional associations.
L-R: Val Southam (WMAA CEO); The Hon. Greg Hunt MP (Federal Minister for the Environment); Miranda Ransome (WMAA National President)
BWI, a Division of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA), was formed in 1994 (changing its name from ANZCWMIG in 2007) to develop and promote consistent standards for the management of biohazardous wastes based on what is recognised as ?best practice?. Members of BWI include waste transporters/disposal facility operators, consultants to the healthcare sector, tertiary institutions, medical device manufacturers and other stakeholders.
If you are a clinical waste generator, you may be interested in joining BWI's Associate Health Care Group.