What is biomedical waste?

What is biomedical waste?

Biomedical waste means any waste, which is generated during the


Treatment or immunization of human being or animals

Research activities

Production of materials

Testing of biological or in health camp

Biomedical waste management rules applicable to all the persons, who generate and collect, receive, store, transport, treat, dispose or handle biomedical waste in any form.


The Hospital wastes a potential health hazards to health care worker, public, flora and fauna of the particular area.

Mainly to fight with the risk of exposure to the biomedical waste as on occupational hazards

Steps to follow in biomedical waste management generation





Transport and disposal

The hospital administration want to check with proper handling and disposal of biomedical waste had become statutory requirement with the appropriate pollution control and government of state.

The pollution control and sanitary department will monitor the waste management

The waste management is the common protocol for the medical, nursing staff, paramedical, waste handler, sanitary workers and hospital attendants, etc

Needle sticks injury endured by healthcare workers due to incorrect practices liable for legal suits

WHO says that 85% all waste generated by hospital in general waste

10% of that5 bio-medical waste

Types of Waste

Human anatomical waste

Animal anatomical waste

Social waste

Expired or discarded medicines

Chemical waste

Clinical laboratory waste

Chemical liquid waste

Contaminated waste

Waste sharps including metals


Wastes not included in Bio-medical wastes categories

Radioactive wastes

Hazardous chemicals

Lead acid batteries

Hazardous wastes


Municipal solid wastes

Hazardous microorganisms

Genetically engineered microorganisms and cells



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