Cyprus

ICERMS in Cyprus Healthcare Waste Management Project

Client: Grontmij

Dates: January 2014 - December 2015

ICERMS have been engaged by Dutch/Danish consulting firm Grontmij to undertake works in the Turkish Cypriot Community in Northern Cyprus. The works involve the assessment of the following system components:

  • A central treatment and storage facility at the central hospital of Nicosia, with a capacity to handle all infectious medical waste from the whole northern part of Cyprus. The technology is based on a saturated steam sterilization process. The medical waste facility receives infectious medical waste from hospitals and clinics in specially designated waste bins. Medical waste is loaded into a semi-automatic sterilisation unit based on an autoclave steam sterilisation system. The sterilised waste is removed in bins and transported to a sanitary landfill. The building of the medical waste facility was constructed under a contribution agreement with UNDP, while the equipment and bins were supplied under an EU supply contract.
  • Cooling rooms for storing medical waste at the central hospital.
  • 100 wheeled waste containers for separate collection of medical waste.
  • Procurement of two trucks for collecting medical waste.

The global objective of the assignment is to improve the operation, occupational health and safety of the infectious medical waste facility in the central hospital in Nicosia serving the Turkish Cypriot community. The specific objectives of this assignment are to:

  1. Provide the Contracting Authority with comprehensive tender documents and assistance during tender evaluation to enable successful procurement of improvement measures for the medical waste facility.
  2. Ensure successful implementation of operational, health and safety measures at the medical waste facility. 
  3. Provide a maintenance programme to improve the efficiency and reliability of the medical waste treatment facility.

ICERMS to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment of Animal Bi-products Management System in Cyprus

Client: Agrotec

Dates: January 2014 - December 2015

ICERMS has been contracted by Italian Agro-Environment consulting firm Agrotec to provide technical assistance in the environmental impact assessment of a proposed Animal Bi-Products management system for the Turkish Cypriot Community in Northern Cyprus.

The proposed ABP management system in Northern Cyprus has three key components where EU environmental legislation is concerned.

  1. ABP Collection; Storage and Transfer sites of which there will be between 5 and 8 serving the veterinary districts for Northern Cyprus.
  2. ABP Transportation
  3. ABP Storage and Incineration Plant

The overall objective of the project, of which this contract will be a part, is to improve public and animal health by putting in place an effective and sustainable system to collect, transport and dispose of Animal By-Products.

The purpose of this contract is to prepare all relevant studies and tender file(s) for the establishment of an EU compliant system for the collection, transport and disposal of ABP.

ICERMS will, in collaboration with a local EIA expert, prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment Report for the proposed ABP management system including screening, scoping, impact analysis, mitigation and impact management and EIA reporting.

ICERMS and the local expert will carry out proper public consultations/public hearing in line with the requirements of the EU acquis, in close cooperation with relevant Turkish Cypriot "departments".

ICERMS to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment of Animal Bi-products Management System in Cyprus

Client: Agrotec

Dates: January 2014 - December 2015

ICERMS has been contracted by Italian Agro-Environment consulting firm Agrotec to provide technical assistance in the environmental impact assessment of a proposed Animal Bi-Products management system for the Turkish Cypriot Community in Northern Cyprus.

The proposed ABP management system in Northern Cyprus has three key components where EU environmental legislation is concerned.

  1. ABP Collection; Storage and Transfer sites of which there will be between 5 and 8 serving the veterinary districts for Northern Cyprus.
  2. ABP Transportation
  3. ABP Storage and Incineration Plant

The overall objective of the project, of which this contract will be a part, is to improve public and animal health by putting in place an effective and sustainable system to collect, transport and dispose of Animal By-Products.

The purpose of this contract is to prepare all relevant studies and tender file(s) for the establishment of an EU compliant system for the collection, transport and disposal of ABP.

ICERMS will, in collaboration with a local EIA expert, prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment Report for the proposed ABP management system including screening, scoping, impact analysis, mitigation and impact management and EIA reporting.

ICERMS and the local expert will carry out proper public consultations/public hearing in line with the requirements of the EU acquis, in close cooperation with relevant Turkish Cypriot "departments".

Healthcare Waste Treatment Technology Assessment – Nicosia, Northern Cyprus

Client: Grontmij

Dates: 2013-2014

ICERMS have been sub contracted by the Danish consulting firm Grontmij to provide a key expert and team leader on the EU funded technical assistance project to the Turkish Cypriot Community in Nicosia Northern Cyprus.Some description

The project which has a two year implementation period is responsible for the assessment of the current healthcare waste management practices and the treatment technology at Nicosia University Hospital and the system of waste management and collection/storage & transportation to that hospital from other state healthcare facilities in Northern Cyprus.

During the Inception phase of the project there were 5 tasks to be accomplished as per the terms of reference document namely:

  1. Review the expert report on Occupational Health and Safety including recommended measures. In addition to the recommendations, the Consultant should consider alternative solutions such as using steel containers, raising the height of the sterilisation unit to facilitate easier filling of containers, providing enlarged door access to facilitate removal of equipment for maintenance, alternative bin washing arrangements etc.
  2. Examine and test the operation of the autoclave system and consider options for improving or replacing equipment or component parts with a view to enhancing the operation and efficiency.
  3. Inspect the medical waste facility, including its operation, waste acceptance, waste disposal and maintenance procedures.
  4. Interview both management and operations staff and assess their needs for improved OH&S and operational issues. The Consultant shall prioritise the proposed measures in accordance with the available budget and in agreement with the beneficiaries.
  5. Prepare a brief Inception Report with recommendations on solutions for improvements together with estimated investment costs. The report shall include a planned activity schedule proposing the Consultant's methodology with a timetable for the preparation of the design and specifications to implement the agreed solutions.

The Inception Report has been submitted and we are now waiting to progress to the next phase of the project.