CAUTO Cooperative Training days - The classification and waste management in health facilities


Two days of training on January 20th-21st 2016 focused on the waste classification and management in health facilities took place in the headquarters of the CAUTO (Cantiere Autolimitazione) Cooperative (Brescia, Italy). The aim of the course was to provide the technical and legislative tools to properly manage the whole waste cycle. In particular the new management methods have been analysed, in order to reduce the amount of waste addressed to disposal and to encourage the recovery/recycling.The course has highlighted the characteristics and weaknesses of the new system of classification of waste, the responsibilities of producers for the waste disposal and the waste management proper system.

During the training days, Dr. Santo Cozzupoli explained the classification, history and general overview of wastes. He gave a complete definition of ”waste”, the classification and the regulatory framework for the identification of the waste and also safety data sheets and hazard characteristics of waste. He explained the methods of waste management and the types of permits required for a disposal site. Dr. Roberto Quaresmini (Agenzia Regionale Protezione Ambiente della Lombardia - Dipartimento di Brescia) presented many aspect of the medical waste: management, design, legislation, the definition of infectious waste and electrical and electronic equipment in health facilities. Dr. Giulio Sesana explained the importance of biological and chemical tests to identify hazards that waste has on the environment. Dr. Fabrizio Speziani (ATS di Brescia) has subsequently outlined the responsibility, traceability, surveillance in the management of medical waste and waste from biomedical instrumentation in health facilities.

After the training course, Photolife project was presented together with other LIFE project involved in the recovery and recycling of WEEE. This networking allowed participants to exchange informations and know other LIFE projects focused on waste recovery.

The Project Life-MED, Medical Equipment Discarded – A new integrate system to reduce waste by medical equipment and medical WEEE was presented by Dr. Alessandro Zani (CAUTO). This project was co-financed by European call LIFE13 ENV/IT/000620. The coordinator beneficiary is Cantiere Autolimitazione (CAUTO), the associated beneficiary are Medicus Mundi Attrezzature (MEMUA), The University of Brescia, Faculty of Engineering, Ateliere Fara Frontiere (AFF) and Legambiente Lombardia. The project aims to study and implement a new integrated management and qualification system of used and discarded equipments and medical devices. The application of an integrated system for the reduction in the production of waste from health care facilities and veterinary clinics, foresee the preventive donation of biomedical equipment and devices to organizations and associations in EU territory.

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The Project WEEENModels was presented by Dr. Anna Rita Certo (Comune di Genova) and It regards the creation of a new collection system of household WEEE. The project was co-financed by LIFE 12 ENV/IT/001058 and wants to demonstrate the possibility to reach the WEEE targets defined by European Directive 2012/19/UE through the application of an efficient logistic system and the central coordination of WEEE collection services. The goal of the project is to define and implement the collection system complies with the European Directive and based on the concept of circular economy consists of a system of complementary services to the collection. The coordinator beneficiary is the Comune di Genova, the associated beneficiary are Amiu (Azienda Multiservizi e d'Igiene Urbana), ISW (Institut fur Strukturpolitik und Wirtschaftsforderung gGmbH), T Bridge – Management consulting and ICT (Genova), UNIMORE – University of Reggio Emilia, Agenzia di sviluppo - Gal Genovese.

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