Packaging of Category A medical waste for road transport

The exemption was granted under the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2008.

Exemption Order No. 007/17 commenced 29 September 2017 and has effect until 30 September 2022, unless otherwise varied or cancelled.

Nature of exemption

The exemption order is made by SafeWork NSW, a Competent Authority, pursuant to subsection 42(2) of the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2008.

The exemption order applies to the class of persons comprised of suppliers of packaging, consignors and packers, in relation to the packaging of Category A medical waste for road transport.

The exemption order exempts the abovementioned class of persons from compliance with the following clauses of the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Regulation 2014:

Part 4 - Packaging

  • Division 3 - Prohibition on the sale or supply of non-compliant packaging
    • Clause 54 - Offence to sell or supply non-compliant packaging
  • Division 4 - Offences relating to general packaging
    • Clause 56 - Duty on consignors
    • Clause 57 - Duty on packers

The exemption order is subject to the conditions specified in Schedule 1 and is valid in New South Wales.

Definitions

In the exemption order;

  • ADG Code means the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail published by the National Transport Commission, as in force or remade from time to time.
  • Authorised officer has the same meaning as in section 4 of the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2008.
  • Category A infectious substance means dangerous goods classified as Division 6.2 under the ADG Code and assigned to:
    • UN 2814 (INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCE, AFFECTING HUMANS); or
    • UN 2900 (INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCE, AFFECTING ANIMALS only).

  • Category A medical waste means solid waste containing Category A infectious substances generated from the medical treatment of humans or the veterinary treatment of animals, and not including waste from bio-research or liquid waste.

Schedule 1

  1. Category A medical waste must be packed in a triple packaging system consisting of:
    1. An inner packaging being a plastic bag closed and sealed such that it is capable of retaining liquids under normal conditions of transport, except as otherwise provided in this Schedule, and
    2. An intermediate packaging being a plastic bag closed and sealed such that it is capable of retaining liquids under normal conditions of transport, and
    3. A rigid outer packaging being a UN approved 1H2 removable head plastic drum, or 4H2 solid plastic box, approved to not less than a Packing Group II level for solids, and capable of retaining liquids under normal conditions of transport, and
    4. Absorbent material within the inner or intermediate packaging in sufficient quantity to absorb all residual liquid present in the Category A medical waste.
  2. Inner and intermediate plastic bags must be capable of passing the tests for tear and impact resistance according to ISO 7765-1:1988 “Plastics film and sheeting – Determination of impact resistance by the free-falling dart method – Part 1: Staircase methods” and ISO 6383-2:1983 “Plastics – Film and sheeting – Determination of tear resistance – Part 2: Elmendorf method”. Each bag must have an impact resistance of at least 165 g and a tear resistance of at least 480 g in both parallel and perpendicular planes with respect to the length of the bag.
  3. The maximum permitted net mass of each plastic bag is 30 kg.
  4. Fragile articles contaminated with Category A medical waste must be packed in a rigid inner packaging capable of retaining liquids under normal conditions of transport, in lieu of an inner plastic bag.
  5. Sharp objects contaminated with Category A medical waste must be packed in a rigid inner packaging certified to Australian Standard 4031 and capable of retaining liquids under normal conditions of transport, in lieu of an inner plastic bag.
  6. Category A medical waste must be consigned with terms it be destroyed within 24 hours of collection, so far as is reasonably practicable.
  7. A copy of the exemption order must be provided by the consignor to the driver with each load of Category A medical waste.

Gazettal

Published in Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales, number 110, Friday 29 September 2017.

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