Advances in the classification, segregation and traceability of HURH residues

The improvement of the waste demonstrator continues under the LIFE Smart Hospital project, which has already implemented a new container system that will improve waste segregation.

This new distribution will allow the classification of waste into four different groups:

The hospital has also begun to adapt to this new segregation system, such as the preparation of plans for the location and signaling of new containers, the fixing of frequency of collection and the appointment of persons responsible.

On the other hand, the improvement measures associated with traceability of waste, both at the unit level, intermediate and final storage, are being carried out.

In the first two cases, the labeling of containers is being implemented depending on the specific type of waste and the unit of origin. At the final warehouse level, the actions of container weighing are being carried out, as well as the computer registry of these data.

Improvements in traceability will allow real-time recording of the quantity and quality of the different wastes generated in each hospital area, which will facilitate cost optimization and adaptation to possible changes in waste generation.

Finally, a personalized training of the hospital staff is necessary, for which a training plan has been designed that will allow the workers to be involved in the objectives of the project, which will be carried out throughout 2016. This training will include two types of formations: general and specific. The general training will be carried out in the hospital auditorium and will consist of a full explanation of the issues associated with the Internal Waste Management Plan. The HURH staff will be invited to the different sessions according to the interest of the respective themes. It should be noted that these modules will be repeated at different times to allow greater assistance.

On the other hand, the specific formations will take place in the different areas of the hospital and will only include specific topics of interest for the personnel trained in each one of them. These trainings will be carried out at unit level (sanitary personnel), waste warehouses (maintenance and cleaning staff) as well as in kitchens, cafeterias, warehouses and laundry. The Departments of Direction and Prevention will also receive previous training.

All of these improvement actions identified and implemented in the field of waste are included in the Internal Waste Management Plan, a reference document in waste management at the hospital level. This document describes, first, the regulations at both the regional, national and European level. It then includes the classification of the four waste groups, identification and segregation activities, collection and transportation, storage and transfer to external manager. Finally, it includes the labor standards and registration and control activities.

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