UK Healthcare Waste Statistics
Healthcare services are great at producing positive results for patients, but what happens to the leftovers? In 2013 the NHS spent £86 million on the disposal of healthcare waste, double the value spent in 2006.
UK Healthcare Waste Injury Statistics
For the averages of the period 2014/2015, 5.7 million working days were lost of which 37% of those injuries were to do with musco-skeletal disorders, which alone resulted in 1.5 million days lost stated by HSE. In 2014/2015 27% of the injuries sustained working in healthcare were due to handling and lifting, another 27% was due to slips, trips and falls. And an outstanding 25,000 out of the 86,000 injury cases within healthcare resulted in 7 or more days taken off. The total cost for the injuries and illnesses was £2.7 billion.
What do the Statistics Mean?
What are the Effects on Business?
Adversely affecting the business, when an employee becomes ill they will have to take sufficient time off to make sure the illness isn’t passed onto a patient. Which costs more money to the organisation as they’ve lost productivity and efficiency within the workforce due to the lesser numbers available to tend to, presumably, the same number of patients or personnel. With a huge amount of the healthcare within the UK being run by the government, efficiency is a huge element of cost cutting, allowing taxpayers money being invested elsewhere.
What are the Effects on the Employees?
Imagine being an employee within healthcare trying to cure and provide care for others but then end up needing it yourself due to not having the appropriate safety equipment and efficient processes in place. It can become stressful running around after others. And when an employee unfortunately injures themselves or contracts a work-related illness, it can be quite sickening. Until the employee has been given the appropriate time off to allow the illness to pass, to avoid further illness to others, they could have missed out on a day or two’s worth of pay. And to the individual two days worth of pay may be essential to their economic income.
IOSH estimated in the UK, 553,000 workers in 2014/15 suffered from musculoskeletal disorders caused or made worse by their current or past work. Pretty outstanding! Imagine the physiotherapy that is required due to employees having to do the same tasks each day. One HSE Case study said Baking tin lids were placed and removed from baking tins at a rate of up to 650 per hour by one or two operatives. Staff complaint about the repetitiveness of the work which involved stooping, twisting and holding loads away from the body. The company automated the process at a cost of £16,000. The operators could be redeployed elsewhere, complaints ceased, noise reduced, production improved and the yearly cost saving was between £50-60,000. That’s a monumental saving! Imagine how the UK healthcare waste processes could be changed to save money?
The Manual Handling Process Solution
At S-Craft Waste Handling, the sole distributer of Bin Tippers within the UK, we can provide a whole package of safety equipment for manual handling, for spills and trips we have our spill control range, with the ability to clean a variation of spillages you may incur whilst running around after others. For healthcare waste, we have a variation of equipment providing safety and efficiency when handling transporting and storing clinical waste taking as much of the manual handling side of waste disposal out. Leading to less physical fatigue which creates more positivity, productivity and efficiency within the employees and costs of running the business.