Mr Pete Gibbons

Mr Pete Gibbons

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Pete Gibbons is decontamination consultant and owner.
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How can dental waste management be more sustainable? Part three

In the third part of his series on sustainable dental waste management, Decon Pete discusses some simple swaps that can reduce your practice’s waste. This month I thought we would continue with the series of articles looking at ways that practices could become more sustainable.  Last month we looked at how the new HTM 07-01…

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How can dental waste management be more sustainable? Part two

Decon Pete discusses more simple changes dental practices can make to waste management to be more sustainable. Last month we looked at how the new HTM 07-01 update will impact the way practices think about healthcare waste management. I am starting to see many practices implement the new document as their healthcare waste providers start to…

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How can dental waste management be more sustainable? Part one

Decon Pete discusses how practices can make simple changes to waste management to reduce its carbon footprint. HTM 07-01, which was updated in 2022, has started to come into effect with the introduction of yellow and black ‘tiger’ bags being introduced into dentistry. If you haven’t read the new update and are not aware of…

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Are you managing your waste properly?

This month, Decon Pete discusses the recent healthcare waste management updates and the new protocols practices will need to implement. My article in June of this year focused on the newly updated management and disposal of healthcare waste guidelines (HTM 07-01) and what you can expect from it. In this month’s article, I wanted to…

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Answering the biggest decontamination questions – part two

From water temperatures to dress codes, Decon Pete continues to answer all of dentistry’s biggest decontamination questions. Carrying on from last month’s article, I wanted to continue covering of some of the most common FAQs that we receive through various channels. I have a digital thermometer for testing water temperatures but what is the correct…

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Decon Pete – updates to waste management legislation

This month, Decon Pete dives into recent changes to healthcare waste management guidelines and what these might mean for you. There are eight health technical memoranda (HTMs) that are currently in circulation. These cover all aspects of healthcare requirements from decontamination of reusable dental instruments to electrical systems. The Department of Health’s HTM 07-01 focuses…

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Decon Pete – recommissioning new or existing equipment

From treatment centres to ultrasonic baths, this month Decon Pete breaks down the steps you need to take to recommission your equipment. Last month we discussed the importance of decommissioning equipment before any period of closure or down time, and this month we will discuss how to go about recommissioning everything. We need to ensure…

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Decon Pete – it’s the final countdown to the NSC 2021

With less than one month to go until the implementation date on 4 November, Decon Pete asks: are you National Standards of Cleanliness (NSC) ready? In April 2021 NHS England published the National Standards of Cleanliness 2021. This superseded the national specifications for cleanliness 2007. The publication applies to all healthcare settings, including primary care…

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Decon Pete – are you ready for the NSC 2021 implementation?

Are you NSC ready? This month, Decon Pete explains everything you need to know about the upcoming implementation date for all healthcare settings, including what you must complete. With only two months to go until the implementation date of Friday 4 November, are you National Standards of Cleanliness (NSC) ready? In April 2021, NHS England…


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