Waste management company, Averda has introduced an automated and record-keeping system that will enable healthcare institutions to collect, transport and safely dispose of hazardous waste.

A first to market in South Africa, the Averda TruTrak system will help medical institutions to adhere to the newly proposed National Health Care Risk Waste Management regulations which requires the person in charge of a health facility to ensure that waste is handled, collected, transported, removed, treated and disposed of in such a manner that it does not pose a risk to human health and the environment.

To monitor for compliance, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) requires that waste generators keep detailed records on the waste management chain.

“The mandated duty of care and record keeping for hazardous waste presents significant difficulty to medical institutions that consign various stages of the disposal process to external service providers,” said Head of Healthcare at Averda South Africa, Eugene Barnard.

“By providing medical institutions with the means to monitor the disposal of their hazardous waste loads, they can ensure that they comply with their legal responsibility to protect the communities they serve,” continued Barnard.

The system makes use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking tags which are attached to the containers that hold high risk waste. Then scanners on scales, collection vehicles and at treatment facilities, automatically record information including collection and delivery weight, time, date and location details. This data is automatically captured and uploaded to an online client portal.

Clients are given access to the tracking process via the portal which allows waste transportation to be monitored in real-time. This also provides them with access to delivery notes, invoices and disposal reports detailing the nature, quantity and disposal methods for each waste consignment. These are automatically stored and can be printed off as and when required, in line with waste generator’s auditing requirements.

“The automation of this process eliminates the risk of inaccurate or incomplete reporting as well as enhancing transparency and boosting data integrity for record keeping purposes,” concluded Barnard.

Averda says it will first pilot the Averda TruTrak system with key clients, and thereafter it will be made available to the entire market.

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