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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 586-590

Ideal management practices for dental health care wastes - A review


Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

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R Kesavan
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Chennai
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Hospital waste refers to all waste, biologic or non- biologic that is discarded and not intended forfurther use. Medical waste is a subset of hospital waste; it refers to the material generated as a result ofdiagnosis, treatment or immunization of patients and associated biomedical research. Hospital wastemanagement has been brought into focus in India recently, particularly with the notification of the BMW(Management and Handling) Rules, 1998. The rule makes it mandatory for the health care establishmentssegregate, disinfect and dispose their waste in an eco-friendly manner. Hospital wastes are classified intohazardous and non-hazardous wastes. Hazardous wastes constitute about 85% of the waste generated inmost healthcare set-ups. This includes waste comprising of food remnants, fruit peels, wash water, papercartons, packaging material etc. Safe and effective management of waste is not only a legal necessity butalso a social responsibility. Lack of concern, motivation, awareness and cost factor are some of the problemsfaced in the proper hospital waste management. Proper surveys of waste management procedures in dentalpractices are needed.


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