Case Studies: NHS Hospital Trusts & PCTs Hospital Bin & Hospital Waste Bins
At Environmental Hygiene Products we do more than just manufacture quality sackholders. We design our sack holders and the options available around the requirements demanded in high usage infection control conscious areas like NHS Hospitals. Our sack holders are the ultimate hospital bin. Below are some magazine articles and case studies from NHS Hospitals that show how we provide a product and service that’s a level above the rest.“
Spend to save: Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Saved £92,000 in Clinical Hospital Waste in the 1st year using EHP Sack Holders as Hospital Bins…
“We’ve saved £92,000 in clinical waste in the first year. The business case had a two-year payback and we’re on course to achieve that in 18 months.”….click article link above to read the full EHPL Hospital Bin article.
Waste & Recycling changes at Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust with the help of EHPL saved £92,000 in first year.
EHPL worked with Hull and East Yorkshire during implementation of their new Hospital Waste Segregation system providing general advice, multisite hospital bin trials, tailored product specification, HTM 07-01 colour coding and staged deliveries with each bin marked for the relevant ward – all this part of the EHPL service.”
“At least 80% is now recycled, that’s about 960 tons saved, with £20,000 annual savings on landfill tax too. So there’s payback in less than three years.”….click article link above to read the full EHPL Hospital Bin article.
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust saves over £125,000 implementing recycling changes using EHP Hospital Bin lid change option.
It’s win – win for Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. It’s been able to change its hospital bin lids to different colours – saving over £125,000 in the process – and implemented a recycling programme that’s reaping further cost savings with reduced landfill tax. In fact the scheme will pay for itself in less than three years. The hospital bins, with their silent closing lids are a hit on the wards, easy to clean on a daily basis with their removable bodies and to steam clean as part of the trust’s Deep Clean Plus programme. Dave Reavy from NHS Hampstead concluded: “It’s been a win-win situation. We’ve saved on money and space and met the green agenda. Every year we’re compliant with the CQC on waste – now we’ve improved even further. And the carbon footprint was an ‘A’ before so we’re off the scale now!”
If you purchase or have purchased our hospital bins in the past we can assist with lid changes if you are changing your Hospital Waste System. We can either supply only or supply and fit the new hospital bin lids.
HTM 07-01: Safe Management of Healthcare Waste Implementation at Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
We asked two busy wards to use and abuse the hospital bins for two weeks and provide feedback. Nurses were tasked to comment on ease of everyday use on the wards, while domestics were asked to comment on the ease of cleaning and emptying of the various hospital bins. Each ward was given four different bins from four different companies. “We took their feedback and chose Environmental Hygiene Products,” said Jen.….click article link above to read the full EHPL Hospital Bin article.
This article is on an implementation of HTM 07-01 hospital waste segregation system using EHPL hospital bins.
Following the new hazardous waste regulations, the Department of Health published Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe Management of Healthcare Waste. Seeking to implement a hospital waste segregation system in line with the guidance, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust formed a hospital waste management group in September 2006 to manage the project as a steering group. The trust’s environmental manager, Jen Goode, explained: “The group was to decide the hospital waste policy, a timescale for implementation, the communications strategy and training methods. Members included the board director responsible for facilities, staff from infection control, procurement, support services (covering domestics and porters), risk, communications, and lead nurses.” The guidance calls for hospital waste segregation into four distinct receptacles/bags: yellow, orange, yellow and black (known as tiger stripe), and black.
“The need for waste bins to ensure fire retardancy was emphasised by Tommy Hill, a trainer and technical consultant to the Fire Protection Association, who said: “I have videos of bins being used to start fires. They’re a target for the arsonist, so its essential waste bins are fire retardant.” ….click article link above to read the EHPL Hospital Bin article.
An audit of hospital bins in use at Princess Alexandra Hospital, in Harlow, identified the need for a standard hospital bin product to meet the requirements of several government guidelines, including infection control and fire and safety regulations. Dorothy Bioletti, business and quality manager, explains: “The audit identified that some hospital bins were not fire retardant – they were just frame style hospital bin. Hospital bins had been sourced on an ad hoc basis around the hospital and lacked consistency. We decided to standardise them so they met fire regulation standards and had the ability to improve the segregation of hospital waste. This approach meant we also met the environmental concerns that were raised such as quiet operation for patient areas, ease of cleaning and bag removal.” The need for hospital bins to ensure fire retardancy was emphasised by Tommy Hill, a trainer and technical consultant to the Fire Association, who said: “I have videos of bins being used to start fires. They’re a target for the arsonist, so its essential waste bins are fire retardant. “And the smoking ban has pushed people into little used areas where they use the bins. I will certainly be recommending Environmental Hygiene Products’ bins to trusts and hospitals.”
“We were asked to comment on the changes that were being proposed. To be honest, most of them made sense and were just an extension of what has become best practice in the industry since the original HTM was introduced five years ago” ……click article link above to read the full EHPL Hospital Bin article.
“As we now know, the main changes that hospital waste managers in the NHS have to look out for are the new colour coded hospital waste streams. “It’s fair to say that the first reaction throughout the NHS will probably be ‘why the changes’ in the same way as the orange and ‘tiger’ streams were greeted in 2006. However, by implementing the changes, large cost savings can be achieved. along with some other less obvious but just as important benefits.” EHP’s hospital bin and sackholder system is manufactured entirely in the UK and has been developed to meet the needs of the healthcare market over the last 24 years.
“At AHCP, the company was told of damage to hospital walls caused by non-EHPL hospital bins that
amounted to over £10,000 in repair costs.” ……click article link above to read the full story.
Are your Hospital Walls being damaged by a badly designed Hospital Bin? This article explains that EHPL bins are specially designed to protect the wall from damage.
At the AHCP Exhibition a EHPL representative was approached by an NHS Hospital Waste Manager: “one chap who came on to the stand said he’d be changing to the Environmental Hygiene Products range as his current hospital bins were using up his repairs budget on a monthly basis – he also pointed out that damage to hospital walls, for example, can also cause bugs such as MRSA to be harboured in the plasterwork, causing an infection control issue.”
EHPL have come across many Hospitals including new builds where the sackholders have caused tens of thousands of pounds of wall damage.
“Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson “Hospitals have to work for everyone. Visiting hospital is emotional enough, struggling to park, finding your way, etc. The design of the building and products should be inclusive – if it’s good for the disabled it’s good for everybody”
While one of the many highlights of HefmA was the inspirational and entertaining presentation by paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni GreyThompson, leading healthcare waste bin supplier Environmental Hygiene Products (EHPL) benefited too. A champion of inclusive design Dame Tanni spoke to the EHPL Managing Director and recommended modifications to the company’s waste bins for the less-able that have already been put into action and are now incorporated into the top-selling range.
Dame Tanni said: “Hospitals have to work for everyone. Visiting hospital is emotional enough, struggling to park, finding your way, etc. The design of the building and products should be inclusive – if it’s good for the disabled it’s good for everybody.” Gary Campbell said: “We displayed a disabled adaptation of our hands-free bin for those who were unable to use the foot pedal.Dame Tanni’s recommendations covered the positioning of signage, and a slightly different shape of the handle – we’ve already put the changes into practice in our hospital bin ranges.”
We have moved away from wheelchair operated hospital bin mechanisms to a simpler and more effective hospital bin lid handle. This is easy to fit during manufacturing and with no moving parts never it will not require servicing or repair. We also found with the wheelchair operated solution the floor would tend to get marked and with the handle sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. With this handle fitted to a EHPL Hospital Bin we recommend a hygiene station is mounted beside it for infection control.
“There’s more infection control because you’re not touching the lid and being a sackholder it’s easy to see what the bag is for. The old ones used to make a noise – patients prefer the new silent closing.” Nikki Fasina……click article link above to read the full EHPL Hospital Bin article.
The less you have to touch and clean a hospital bin, the easier it is to prevent infection. That’s the thinking behind NHS Grampian’s specification of hands-free, free-standing hospital bins throughout the five acute and nineteen community hospitals across the region’s 3,000 square miles of north-east Scotland. “We’ve used sackholders for a long time, however the previous style were wall brackets with hand-operated lids,” Karen Wares, of the department of infection prevention and control. “When hand hygiene audits picked up the problem of nurses touching the hospital bin lid, rather than using a tissue that was then dropped into the hospital bin, the chief executive backed the proposal to move to foot operated hospital bin with silent closing lids.”
“A few years ago, one hospital had a fire started by some vandals in its A&E department,”. “They overfilled the hospital bin in question with newspapers and set them alight with a match. As the paper burned, the lid came down and sealed off the fire, extinguishing it within the bin before it had a chance to start.”
Article discussing EHPL hospital bins being Fire Retardant to NHS Approved Standards