Managing biomedical waste in the context of COVID-19 and beyond

The reluctance of the COVID-19 pandemic to wind up the devastating juggernaut has created utter chaos in almost every realm under the sun. To fight the pandemic, nations have increased the force and pace. But this has also given birth to a pile-up of biomedical waste which is getting bigger with each passing moment.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had premeditated the issue and declared the COVID-19 waste as ‘hazardous’ last year. It had also released guidelines for the management of biomedical waste detrimental for humans, animals as well as plants. Therefore, it has become extremely important to understand various steps involved in the treatment and disposal of waste.

As per the act passed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 1986 & notified the Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules in July 1998, it is the duty of every “occupier”, i.e. a person who has control over the institution or its premises, to take all steps to ensure that waste generated is handled without any adverse effect to human health and environment.

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MedPiper Technologies and JournoMed are conducting a webinar that aims to help “occupiers” understand the importance and safe ways of segregation, collection, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of biomedical waste in the context of COVID-19 and beyond. 

The event will be held on 27th August, Friday, at 3 pm. Participants can join the event by registering for it here. E-Certificates will be provided to the participants. For more details, participants may contact Soumya T.S, 

Distinguished expert Mr Fareed Uddin Syed will be the speaker at the event. Mr Fareed Uddin is senior Advisor Quality Assurance and Improvement, Quality Heath Consultants (QHC), expert – Hospital Planning and Biomedical Waste Management.

The webinar will touch upon critical topics such as the categorization of waste, responsibilities of institutions, COVID-19 Bio-Medical Waste management guidelines as per CPCB Revision-4 among others.

The discussion will include various sources of biomedical waste like hospitals, houses, quarantine centres as well as pre-hospitalisation services (ambulances).

Update: The post-event summary of the webinar can be accessed here in the form of an article.

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