Many businesses are updating Business Continuity Plans to incorporate contingencies related to the rapidly unfolding Coronavirus pandemic and we are no exception.
We thought that this would be a good time to inform you that we have been working hard behind the scenes to develop our own programs to mitigate potential business interruption implications for our customers with regard to waste collection services.
At UKWSL we have a robust supply chain with circa 400 strategic service partners. In the event that any of our service partners be directly affected by the pandemic we know they will be taking all reasonable measures to ensure customers still have their bins collected as planned. Should they be unable to deliver the exceptional levels of service our customers are used to receiving, you can be assured that UKWSL will act to source an alternate supplier to complete collections in a timely manner.
We also want to take this opportunity to assure our customers and service partners that UKWSL is taking measures to protect our own team as well. Should the need arise, we have the technology infrastructure to enable employees to work remotely. Should we need to implement remote working our contingency plans will mean that all contact numbers and emails that customers and service partners currently use will remain the same.
We are currently fully operational and will be following the Governments Coronavirus guidelines closely.
Should you have any concerns, or wish to discuss this matter further with us, please feel free to either call us on 01636 640744 or email: [email protected]
COVID-19 Virus contaminated Waste Collections
UKWSL have produced this guidance document to ensure that any COVID-19 waste you present to our approved subcontractor is handled in accordance with the up-to-date guidance from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England. This will ensure that we maintain the health and safety of our workforce, your employees and any other persons that come into contact with the waste you present to us.
Classification of COVID-19 Contaminated Waste – Public Health England have confirmed that any waste either confirmed or with the potential to be contaminated with the COVID-19 should be classified as a Category B Clinical (UN3291, EWC 18 01 03*). This is a waste type that our approved subcontractor collects daily and has the infrastructure and competence to collect both safely and in accordance with legal requirements.
Notification of COVID-19 Contaminated Waste – Where waste you present is known to be contaminated or has the potential to be contaminated with COVID-19 you should provide notification via [email protected] in order for us to make arrangements to collect your waste in accordance with the enhanced infection measures detailed below.
Storage of Waste – In recognition that low temperature and high humidity can prolong the lifespan of the virus we would recommend that COVID-19 contaminated waste is stored in a warm, dry area to await collection.
Collection of waste in Bags – We recognise that it is not practical or safe to disinfect bagged waste. We will require our customers to seal any bagged waste before presenting for collection. On arrival the driver will double bag the waste for onward transport. The drivers will wear their regular and required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when collecting this waste.
Collection of waste in Rigid Containers – Although it is currently unclear whether COVID-19 can be transmitted by touching a surface contaminated with the virus, extensive research into similar coronaviruses like SARS and MERS indicates that the virus is likely to persist on surfaces for up to 9 days at room temperature.
In order to protect our contractors workforce and discharge our responsibility to prevent the spread of infection we will require our customers to disinfect the surfaces of all rigid waste containers containing COVID-19 waste with a cleaning solution containing sodium hypochlorite, hydrogen peroxide, or ethanol. We will require confirmation from our customers that this has been actioned before we can collect the waste.
Measures that UKWSL’s approved contractor will take to manage infection control
• UKWSL will evaluate its supply chain to ensure that the waste collected from our customers is only taken to disposal sites with the competence and infrastructure to handle the waste safely.
• All employees collecting COVID-19 contaminated waste will receive training on infection control procedures
• Our approved contractor will provide >60% alcohol wipes to maintain suitable anti-spread protection for vehicles and hand-held devices, and the necessary PPE and hygiene products to manage infection control.
Measures that UKWSL will take to ensure continuity of service
Services for normal waste streams will continue as normal unless the Chief Medical Officer determines a new risk status for the waste streams. UKWSL and our approved contractors have a network of available disposal options. This allows us to move waste around the disposal supply network if there are peaks in disposal requirements in certain areas, or hot spots within the UK. Our service business continuity plan is thorough and UKWSL are confident that services will continue during this time.
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In Response to customer enquiries UKWSL Ltd have launched a national dedicated contaminated waste collection service
Public Health England have confirmed that any waste either confirmed or with the potential to be contaminated with the COVID-19 should be classified as a Category B Clinical (UN3291, EWC 18 01 03*). This is a waste type that our approved subcontractor collects daily and has the infrastructure and competence to collect both safely and in accordance with legal requirements.
You do not have to be an existing UKWSL customer to use this service If you have waste known to be contaminated or has the potential to be contaminated with COVID-19 you should Call us now On 01636640744