Archive for March, 2016

ISO45001 – status

Posted on: March 24th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

ISO45001 – status

ISO45001 has now been approved as a Draft International Standard (DIS). The next stage is a FDIS and then ISO standard anticipated by October 2016. Around the world 2.3 million people die every year due to work related injuries and ill health. This translates to FOUR deaths every minute and 4% of the world’s GNP being lost due to work-related accidents and diseases, and is in addition to the more than 300 million non-fatal accidents (ILO)

Safety is non-negotiable; we all want to go home as safely as when we arrived for work. ISO45001 will be the tool for ethical companies to implement sound Health & Safety systems and demonstrate to stakeholders that they care for their employees, visitors and contractors.

Is sanitary waste deemed medical waste?

Posted on: March 24th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Is sanitary waste deemed medical waste?

Not according to the Waste Regulations, however it is deemed potentially hazardous waste. According to the Gauteng Health Care Waste Management Regulations, 2004, Health Care Risk Waste (HCRW) includes pathological waste, which in turn includes human and animal tissues, organs, body parts, blood, fluid blood products and body fluids. “Infectious waste” means waste which is:

  • Suspected to contain pathogens; and
  • This normally causes, or significantly contributes to the cause of increased morbidity or mortality of human beings.

BUT excludes baby-nappies and sanitary pads which are not isolation waste.

‘Hazardous waste’ means waste that may….cause ill health or mortality of humans….when improperly treated, stored, transported or finally disposed of.

Therefore, sanitary waste is a HCRW, excluded from infectious waste, but still potentially hazardous waste, and companies must therefore stay within the parameters of compliance and regulations pertaining to HCRW and Hazardous Waste.

Services SETA Registered

Posted on: March 14th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

We are officially Services SETA registered.  Please contact us for more information.

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