Why audit?

Can you answer the following questions about your organisation/business waste?

How much money are you spending on waste disposal each year?

Are you legally compliant as a waste producer?

Do you keep your waste transfer notes?

Do you know where your waste goes when it leaves your premises?

Does your organisation comply with the Waste Hierarchy (below)?


Waste Hierarchy - Lansink's Ladder | By Recycling.com

All organisations, public and private sector, have a legal Duty of Care as waste producers and as a minimum must comply with the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Duty of Care Regulations 1991, the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 and the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012.

That means making sure you and your contractors segregate, define and identify your waste properly, comply with the Waste Hierarchy, using licenced/permitted operators and making sure the waste you hand over is treated, recycled or disposed of correctly and compliantly.

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Healthcare Waste Audits

Staff at Verdis are experienced healthcare waste management auditors. Managing waste in healthcare organisations is time-consuming and not always straightforward. Auditing healthcare waste and segregation systems requires a level of expertise that may not always be available within the organisation itself. All healthcare providers should operate using the HTM 07-01 Guidance document; Safe Management of Healthcare Waste (can we hyperlink this??), ensuring that a robust audit and review programme is in place.

We are at the forefront of best practice and legislative guidance. Providing expert advice and support on all aspects of managing the wide range of wastes produced in health and care settings, we are acutely aware of the financial restraints placed on healthcare organisations. As NHS specialists we are passionate about wanting to help you achieve a value for money waste management service that provides you with piece of mind and a service you can be proud of.

From paper to pharmaceuticals, we can help you implement, manage and maintain compliant systems for correct disposal, treatment and transfer, advise on appropriate containment and ensure your organisation and contractors comply with the latest waste management legislation and guidelines, Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations (ADR) and health and safety regulations.

Complete on-site pre-acceptance audits (Healthcare waste)

We will audit the entire site to provide evidence of compliant segregation and packaging systems to clinical/healthcare waste contractors. This audit is a legal requirement for all healthcare waste producers as per Environment Agency document; Clinical Waste (EPR 5.07) pages 25-29 (hyperlink here).

Annual pre-acceptance audits (Healthcare waste)

Site-based annual review to keep your organisation or business compliant with the requirements of EPR 5.07 (Typically one-third on the site on a rolling programme).

Waste Contractor Duty of Care (‘due diligence’) audits

Detailed audit of the contractor’s site, operating procedures, environmental permit compliance, including documentation review, assessment of transfer, treatment and collection procedures, including tracking nominated loads from customer site to destination.

Total Waste Management Audits

Verdis can offer a detailed on-site waste management audit based on current legislative requirements and best practice, which covers all aspects of your duty of care and permitting requirements as a waste producer or contractor.

Producers - we can review your waste management contractors to make sure your waste is being treated or disposed of as it should be in accordance with the waste hierarchy (link to down-loads here). We check waste transfer documentation, waste site operator compliance, waste carriers and treatment operators’ licences and permits. We inform you of any non-compliances, make recommendations for improvement and assess whether you are getting value for money, offering suitable alternatives if required.

Did you know……….recycling your waste costs up to 50% less than disposing of all waste into a single bin?

Don’t forget……..Recycling is a legal requirement!

Other types of audits we can carry out on your behalf:

Pre-contract Duty of Care (‘due diligence’) audits

Detailed audit of the contractor’s site, operating procedures, environmental permit compliance, including documentation review, assessment of transfer, treatment and collection procedures, including tracking nominated loads from customer site to destination.

Dangerous Goods Safety Audit (Hazardous wastes)

As qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers (DGSA) Verdis can carry out statutory annual dangerous goods safety audits for organisations involved in the carriage of dangerous goods by road, or in premises where storage of dangerous goods takes place. We can also provide information on labelling requirements for new products as part of our retained Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser service…….CLICK HERE (Jump to title below)

Health and Safety audits*

The waste industry has higher than average work-related injuries. Health and safety plays a key part in helping to reduce accidents and dangerous incidents in waste management activities. Regular, proactive monitoring encourages a positive health and safety culture.

Site based inspections and audits provide evidence on an organisation’s performance and shows commitment to the on-going safety of its employees. External audits carried out by NEBOSH qualified staff deliver independent, unbiased reporting about your health and safety performance.

*Available from August 2017

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