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Surprise inspection of Bio-medical Waste Management Facility conducted

Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Thursday conducted a surprise inspection of M/s Biotic Waste Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a Common Bio Medical Waste Management Treatment facility at Small Scale Industry Area, GT Karnal Road.

He was accompanied by senior Officers of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

During the site inspection, a number of serious violations were noticed by the Minister at the Facility. The facility owner was found not to be adopting prescribed norms for collection, receipt, storage, disposal and handling of Medical Waste.

Hussain expressed serious concern over non-compliance of the prescribed norms on the part of the owner.

The Bio Medical Waste received from the hospitals, dispensaries, laboratories, animal houses, veterinary institutions, blood banks etc. may contain bio-hazardous contaminants and germs of serious diseases such as Hepatitis B, Tetanus etc.; therefore, the firms/persons involved in handling of bio-medical waste are expected to exercise caution by following the prescribed rules.

Bio Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998 have been superseded by Bio Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016. These rules have come into enforce w.e.f. 28.03.2016. These Rules are applicable to all the persons who generate, collect, receive, store, transport, treat, dispose or handle Bio Medical Waste in any form including from the hospitals, dispensaries, laboratories, animal houses, veterinary institutions, blood banks etc.

These Rules are aimed for the improvement of collection, segregation, processing, treatment and disposal of Bio Medical Wastes in an environmentally sound management way and thereby reducing the Bio Medical Waste Generation and their impact on the Environment.

With the growth of health care system, the generation of Bio Medical Waste has increased manifold and this Bio Medical Waste includes human anatomical waste such as human tissues, organs, body parts, foetus, experimental animal carcasses, body parts, organs, body fluids, blood, dressings, pharmaceutical waste, chemicals, chemical liquid waste, x-ray films, microbiology waste, biotechnology waste, recyclable plastic waste such as synergies, catheters, urine bags, needles etc.

This waste poses grave health risk as it may be carrying lot of diseases and unscrupulous element are prone to recycle some of the waste without properly processing as per the prescribed procedures.

The Rules ensure the waste and means for proper disposal as well as management of Bio Medical Waste including recyclability of certain waste such as plastic material etc.

In this background, non-compliance of the prescribed norms in handling, disposal and management of Bio Medical Waste by the facility owner was found to be a serious violation by the Minister and the DPCC officers.

Hussain directed DPCC to take strict action as per law against the facility owner as such violations pose a serious risk to the health and safety of the citizens of the society.

The Minister also directed DPCC to ensure that the concerned agencies charged with the responsibility of management of Bio Medical Waste comply with the norms, failing which necessary legal action may be taken against the violators.

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