Waste Management in Hospital Settings Term Paper by Rifkhan

Waste Management in Hospital Settings
A review of an efficient and low-cost waste management plan for a hospital.
# 153743 | 1,009 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | SA

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The paper discusses how workplaces such as hospitals produce hazardous, infectious and toxic wastes which require safe, environmentally-friendly disposal. The paper explores strategies to include in an efficient and low-cost waste management plan and outlines initiatives for waste isolation, handling and disposal. The paper points out that management must budget and allocate funds and resources for waste disposal, and there must be staff training programs in the nursing, cleaning and administration departments.

Waste Disposal Plan to Manage a Hospital's Garbage Problem
Waste Categorization Plan
Proposed Initiatives for Waste Isolation, Handling and Disposal

From the Paper:

"The waste should be categorized, isolated and placed in appropriate containers, as soon as it is regarded as waste. For instance, if there is a hazardous and infectious waste mixture, it has to be separated and placed in separate marked bins, so that handling, storage and transportation can be made easy. Waste containers should be yellow color-coded with a 'biological hazard' sign marking on them. Furthermore, the waste storage area should also be clearly sign posted and kept clean (National Health and Medical Research Council, 1999).
"The major concern always arises when deciding how to dispose the waste. Improper waste disposal practices, such as mixing hospital waste with municipal waste on roadsides, disposal of syringes and needles in regular dustbins should be avoided at all costs, due to ill effects on the health of the general public. Some good waste disposal measures that could be applied are the following."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Environmental Pollution Unit: WWF- Pakistan (2011), Hospital Waste Factsheet, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) International, Gland, Switzerland, viewed 21 May 2011, <http://www.wwfpak.org/factsheets_hwf.php#>.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (1999), National Guidelines for Waste Management in the Health-Care Industry, NHMRC, Canberra, Australia, viewed 21 May 2011, <http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/filesnhmrc/publications/attachments/eh11.pdf>.
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (1976), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Of 1976 (Solid Waste Disposal Act), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, viewed 21 May 2011, <http://uwmc.uwc.edu/geography/350/RCRA.htm>.

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