BIOMEDICAL WASTE: TYPES, RULES AND MANAGEMENT
Keywords:biomedical waste, waste management, rules for BMW, chemical treatment
According to Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998 of India “Any waste which is generated during the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of citizenry or animals or in research activities pertaining thereto or in the production or testing of biologicals. Biomedical waste is generated from biological and medical sources and activities, such as the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases. Common producers of biomedical waste include hospitals, health clinics, nursing homes, medical research laboratories, offices of physicians, dentists and veterinarians and morgues or funeral homes. The safe and sustainable management of biomedical waste (BMW) is social and legal responsibility of all people supporting and financing health-care activities. It has become more important and significant in the present period of pandemic. In the last one and half year geometric increase in the use PPE kit and other materials has exponentially increased the biomedical waste generation not only at hospitals but at our houses also. This is why effective BMW management (BMWM) is not only mandatory for healthy humans and cleaner environment but also essential for livelihood.
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