Health Impacts of Waste Collections

Conclusions of a recent study by the Open University have suggested that during the collection process, agitation of materials leads to significant concentrations of hazardous substances including viable microorganisms and endotoxins. The study advises that COSHH assessments should therefore be carried out during the collection process.

Similarly, the study states that there is potential for anaerobic conditions and higher concentrations during disposal and recommends COSHH assessments here also.

LARAC supports the recommendations for best practice from this study that COSHH assessments should be undertaken on both collection and disposal and would welcome the recommendations being incorporated into future HSE collection guidance.