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Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
19-November-2010 15:11 IST
Bio-Medical Waste Unit in Hospitals
National Guidelines on Bio-medical Waste Management were prepared and circulated to States and Union Territories by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in March, 2002. These guidelines have been prepared to enable hospitals to implement the Bio-Medical (Management & Handling) Rules, 1998, notified under the Environment Protection Act 1986, by developing comprehensive plans for segregation, collection, treatment, transportation and disposal of the hospital waste in terms of:

* Segregation, collection, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of bio-medical waste.

* Handling and disposal of sharps, especially auto-disable (AD) syringes.

* Infection control and personal safety measures

* Mercury waste disposal

* Monitoring, evaluation, awareness, behavioural change and training to improve skills in bio-medical waste management.

This information was given by Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question raised in Lok Sabha today.