HOSPITALS, clinics and other institutions
where bio-medical wastes are leading to
environmental and health hazards, will
have to adhere to clear-cut guidelines in
the future on waste disposal methods.
The ministry of environment an d forests
is giving the final touches to a notification regarding proper disinfection,
treatment and disposal of bio - medical
wastes from hospitals, clinics, research
institutes, laboratories and ,,laughter
houses. The notification was set in
motion after the recent Supreme Court
directiv'e to the Central government to
instal incinerators in all hospitals and
nursing homes in New Delhi, with more
than 50 beds. The ministry had issued
draft rules in April 1995 and is making
final changes in its annexures tollowing
suggestions and recommendations
made by various hospitals.
The rules, known as the Bio-Medical Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1995, which were issued tinder various sections of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, make it essential for the organisations to prepare bi- annual reports, keep regular records and make annual returns in order to track these wastes. It will be mandatory for all institutions to segregate the wastes at the place of its generation. The rules also provide the blueprint for the types of containers to be used, colour coding and labelling.
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