The Government of India has notified Biomedical Waste (Management and handing) Rules, 1998 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and is applicable to persons who generate, collect, receive, store, transport, treat, dispose, or handle biomedical waste in any form. Biomedical waste, if not disposed properly can cause disease to health care practitioners and common people. It is estimated that the hospitals in India, generates around 1 – 2 kg per bed per day of biomedical waste in a hospital and around 600 grams per day in a general practitioner clinic.


Biomedical Waste Management, Biomedical Waste Rules, Hospital Waste, Biomedical Waste (Management and Handing) Rules, 1998, Duty of occupier, Segregation, Packaging, Transportation, Storage of Medical Waste, Common Waste Treatment Facility.


Dr Sujata Sanjay Pawar

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