|Title:||Use of Macerator Machines for the Disposal of Human Waste in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0500/14|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 20 February 2014|
|Description:||Describes the regulatory requirements for the installation of macerator machines for the disposal of human waste and the responsibilities of healthcare facilities in Western Australia.|
|Applicable to:||All Medical, Nursing, Patient Care Staff, Engineering and Administrative Staff|
|Framework:||Public Health Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 29 January 2014 to 29 January 2019|
|Review date:||29 January 2019|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/DIRECTOR GENERAL, Department of Health WA, 03-Feb-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
Use of Macerator Machines for the Disposal of Human Waste in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities
Compliance with this Operational Directive is mandatory for all private and public hospitals, including private satellite haemodialysis units and all residential care facilities operating in Western Australia under the registration requirements of the Western Australian Water Corporation.
This Operational Directive describes the requirements for the installation and registration of macerator machines used for the disposal of human waste in healthcare facilities (HCFs) or residential care facilities (RCFs) in Western Australia (WA). All HCFs covered by this Directive shall comply with the registration requirements.
Human waste: for the purpose of this Operational Directive, human waste refers to waste matter excreted from the human body including urine, faeces and vomitus and may contain other body fluids such as sputum, bile or blood. It excludes all human tissue / body parts, products of conception and laboratory waste.
Macerator: A macerator is a purpose built machine that shreds and liquefies paper pulp products, such as bedpans, urinals, jugs and wash bowls that are used as receptacles for human waste, to enable the resultant product to be discharged into the sewer.
The macerator waste disposal system is an alternative option for the safe disposal of human waste into the sewer system utilising single use pulp products. It eliminates the need to re‑process equipment such as bedpans, urinals and wash bowls in thermal sanitisers and therefore reduces the risk of infection associated with the re-use of patient care equipment.
3. INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
3.1 All HCFs and RCFs are to ensure that human waste is disposed of in a manner that avoids occupational exposure by healthcare workers and contamination of the environment.
3.2 All HCFs installing and utilising a macerator shall ensure:
4.1 Executive Directors or Governance bodies of HCFs or RCFs in WA are responsible for ensuring the implementation and compliance with this Operational Directive.
4.2 All HCFs and RCFs with existing macerators shall ensure they are registered with the Commercial and Industrial Services Section of the Water Corporation of WA.
4.3 All HCFs and RCFs, prior to installing a macerator, are required to apply for and obtain approval to discharge trade wastewater to sewer. This approval is in the form of a trade waste permit and an application must be made to the Commercial and Industrial Services Section.
4.4 The trade waste permit attracts an annual fee. However, HCFs and RCFs should already have such a permit associated with other trade waste discharges from their facilities. There may in the future be an extra annual quality and quantity charge, reflecting the additional loading from paper pulp products on the waste water system.
Visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au/home/business/trade-waste for more information.
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 1:28pm