Biohazards and the Law
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 requires businesses to follow the correct procedures when it comes to the cleaning and disposal of biological waste like used sharps and hypodermic needles.
Employers also have a legal duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to protect the health and safety of their employees and anyone else on the premises, by following the relevant hazardous waste regulations.
Biohazard cleaning should form a key component of every workplace health and safety plan.
What is Classified as a Biological Hazard?
A biological hazard is any material that can cause infection, toxicity, or create any other hazard to human health. Some common biohazards in the workplace include:
- Blood and bodily fluids
- Used sharps
- Mould and fungi
- Pests like stinging insects
You should never underestimate the dangers of biological hazards.
If an incident occurs involving biohazards like those mentioned above, then contact a professional biohazard cleaning company like Ultima immediately to have hazardous materials removed from your premises quickly and safely.
Minimising the Risk of Exposure
Hiring professional biohazard waste cleaners will ensure that biological hazards are controlled and disposed of legally and in line with government regulations.
This will reduce the risk of your employees and visitors being exposed to serious viruses and infections.