|Title:||Use of Macerator Machines for Managing Disposal of Body Waste in Health Care Establishments|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 1771/04|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 22 April 2004|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The purpose of these guidelines is to provide health care facilities with information outlining the procedures for installing a macerator machine.|
|Period of effect:||from 22 April 2004|
|Authorised by:||Dr Shirley Bowen, Director, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, 12-Apr-2004|
|Print version:||View print version|
Use of Macerator Machines for Managing Disposal of Body Waste in Health Care Establishments
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide health care facilities with information outlining the procedures for installing a macerator machine.
The macerator waste disposal system is an alternative option to thermal pan sanitisers and chemical disinfection tanks for the safe disposal of body fluids/waste in the health care setting. It eliminates the need to process equipment such as bedpans and urinals in thermal pan sanitisers.
Installation of a Macerator System
The Water Corporation (WC) is in principle opposed to the connection of macerators to the hospital waste water system, due to the avoidable solids loading. However, due to the Department of Healthís initiative to seek alternative options that seek to improve infection control in hospitals, the use of such devices has been approved and as such, the WC will approve the connection of a macerator to its waste water system subject to the following conditions:
Health Care Facility Responsibility
Health Care Facilities are responsible for making their own decision about adopting this method of disposing of body fluid/waste, and the following points will need to be considered:
Cleaning of Macerator Machines
The macerator machine is a self cleaning unit. Chemical solutions should not be used in these machines. However, the reusable support holders should be cleaned as per health care facility policy.
Installation of Macerator Machines
The WC is aware that there have been a number of macerators installed without notification being approved by the WC. Devices that have been notified to the WC are shown on the Industrial Waste Permit. Health Care Facilities should check their permits and if their macerator is not identified, they are requested to immediately submit an application to the WC, as the macerator will not have been notified. In an effort to monitor the numbers of macerators installed in health care facilities, the WC will allow an amnesty and will accept the notification of a macerator that has been installed previously.
Applications and other information is available on the WC website at:
Dr Shirley Bowen
This circular last updated: Thursday, 22 April 2004 at 12:00am