NHS waste row firm warned a year ago

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

Scot­land’s en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tor is­sued a warn­ing al­most a year ago to a com­pany now at the cen­tre of a med­i­cal waste in­ves­ti­ga­tion over hos­pi­tal refuse be­ing stored for long pe­ri­ods, doc­u­ments re­veal.

A re­port un­earthed by The Sun­day Post shows how the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency iden­ti­fied stor­age is­sues at Health­care En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices’ plant in Shotts dur­ing an in­spec­tion last De­cem­ber.

Sepa’s dis­cus­sion with man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Garry Pet­ti­grew dur­ing the De­cem­ber 2017 in­spec­tion op­er­a­tion was “pri­mar­ily” to dis­cuss in­cin­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity at Shotts.

Sepa in­spec­tors said of­fi­cials who car­ried out the in­spec­tion, which was an­nounced, found “a lot of waste be­ing stored on site,” adding: “Stor­age ar­range­ments were gen­er­ally found to be ac­cept­able.”

But it con­tin­ued: “Given the build-up waste, it is ev­i­dent that some bins have been on site for some time (ap­prox­i­mately two months was sug­gested dur­ing the in­spec­tion) in­clud­ing haz­ardous clin­i­cal waste.”

De­spite its reser­va­tions, Sepa said there were no breaches dur­ing the visit.

HES said: “This in­terim assess­ment gave us an ‘ex­cel­lent’ rat­ing. Stor­age was within lim­its and the plant was in full com­pli­ance.”

Garry Pet­ti­grew of HES

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