Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 2017) . . Page.. 4162 ..
(2) When will the TASERs be delivered.
Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) ACT Policing is currently progressing the procurement in accordance with the Commonwealth Government Procurement Guidelines.
(2) The TASER delivery date will be determined by the timings associated with this process.
ACT Health—medical waste disposal
(Question No 522)
Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 25 August 2017:
(1) What process do ACT Health facilities do to dispose of medical waste safely.
(2) Who does ACT Health pay to dispose of medical waste on its behalf and how much are these contracts worth.
(3) How does ACT Health dispose of used syringes.
(4) What process does ACT Health use to dispose of used bandages, sutures and other material from patients.
(5) What actions does ACT Health take to ensure that all materials are properly disposed of.
Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
1. ACT Health disposes of medical waste safely from its facilities through a process that includes purpose made bins and signage in compliance with the ACT Clinical Waste Act 1991. Medical waste is also referred to as clinical waste. The bins are collected by a licenced clinical waste contractor from the site.
2. Daniels Health Pty Ltd is the clinical waste contractor responsible for the collection and disposal of clinical waste from all ACT Health facilities. The annual contract value fluctuates in line with activity and growth. The contract value is commercial in confidence.
3. Purpose built sharps containers are provided at ACT Health facilities for the collection of used syringes. The containers of used syringes are collected from facilities by the clinical waste contractor. Contents are treated prior to safe disposal at an approved site in accordance with the ACT Clinical Waste Act 1991 and the Environment Protection Authority conditions of licensing for both NSW and ACT.
4. All clinical waste including bandages, sutures and other material from patients is captured in purpose built clinical waste bins. These bins are collected from facilities by the clinical waste contractor. Contents are treated prior to safe disposal at an approved site in accordance with the ACT Clinical Waste Act 1991 and the Environment