Highway Maintenance

Dealing With Clinical Waste on the Highway - Appendix A

The Five Clinical Waste Categories identified by the Health and Safety Commission and Health Services Advisory Committee

Group A Wastes


All human tissue, including blood (whether infected or not), animal carcasses and tissue from veterinary centres, hospitals and laboratories, and all related swabs and dressings.


Waste materials where the assessment indicates a risk arising from, for example, infectious disease cases.


Soiled surgical dressings, swabs and other waste from treatment areas.

Group B Wastes

Discarded syringe needles, cartridges, broken glass and any other contaminated disposable sharp instruments or items.

Group C Wastes

Microbiological cultures and potentially affected waste from pathology departments (laboratory and post-mortem rooms) and other clinical or research laboratories.

Group D Wastes

Certain pharmaceutical products and chemical wastes.

Group E Wastes

Items used to dispose of urine, faeces and other bodily excretions or excretions assessed as not falling within group A. This includes used disposal bed pans, incontinence pads, stoma bags and urine containers.

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