Did you know the waste you touch can be hazardous or radioactive? Yes, biomedical waste can be both and harm you in several ways. ‘Bio-medical waste’ means “any waste generated during diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals”. It can be categorized based on the risk of causing injury and/or infection during handling and disposal. Improper management of waste generated in health care facilities causes a direct health impact on the community, the health care workers and on the environment. Here’s a short guide to navigating you through the importance of biomedical waste management.
Why is waste segregation important?
Waste segregation is an essential element in any sustainable waste management strategy. All facilities separate the waste at the source to reduce the risk of infection, as well as the cost of handling and disposal.
Effective segregation implies that hazardous waste is treated in a safe and environmentally sustainable way, without any risk to healthcare workers and patients. At each point of waste generation, there should be separate, properly labelled and colour-coded biomedical bins appropriate for the specified type of waste. When waste is sent for disposal or treatment, a contaminated load can affect the disposal process. Contamination occurs when waste is put in the wrong biomedical waste container.
Biomedical waste effects
The effects of biomedical waste on the environment and on human health are highly dangerous. The animals can get a hold of material contaminated with bacteria and could spread to humans. If someone has illegally disposed of medical waste in a landfill, deadly microbes could get into the water supply and infect an entire community.
How to dispose of biomedical waste?
The health of patients is important to hospitals making it imperative to properly dispose of biomedical waste. Having the proper biomedical waste containers is part of keeping patients safe from illnesses they could contract while in the hospital. The staff is responsible for segregating and putting the waste in proper biomedical bins. According to state and federal guidelines, this is the first step in properly disposing of biomedical waste. Once the waste has been separated into the correct biomedical waste bin trolley, waste companies can pick up the waste. They transport the waste to its treatment facility and then properly treat the waste prior to disposing of it.
Effective segregation of
Ensure each waste item is collected and treated in accordance with regulations for each type of waste.
Offers opportunities for recycling
Avoid illegal reuse of pharmaceuticals
Ensure the safety of healthcare workers, patients, and visitors
Prevent waste mixture in the general municipal waste stream
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