The Biomedical Waste Management & Handling Rules 1998, has come into force. These rules apply to all persons who generate, collect, receive, store, transport, treat, dispose or handle bio-medical waste in any form. It shall be the duty of every occupier of an institution generating bio-medical waste to ensure that such waste is handled without any adverse effect to human health and environment. The implementation deadline for complying to the requirements of the Rules was 31-12-2002.
Institutions generating Bio-Medical Waste has a major constraint for space. Another factor affecting individual or on-site treatment and disposal facilities is the cost. Advantages of a centralized facility are reduction in pollution and energy consumption, stream lined collection and proper treatment of waste economically.
E-Tech projects have successfully developed many Common Solid Bio-Medical Waste Treatment Facilities in India.
NEED of COMMON FACILITY:
It is not economically viable for every hospital to have individual Solid Bio-Medical Waste Treatment Facility. The minimum investment for an on-site integrated waste management system in an individual healthcare setting is approximately Rs 10-20 lakhs. In contrast, an integrated common treatment and disposal facility will cost a maximum of Rs 3-5/bed/day with the added benefit of no capital investment being required.
Most of the hospitals are located in densely populated area where chimney is not tolerated by the masses.
It is difficult for individual hospitals to have trained staff for operation and maintenance of equipment.
The healthcare setting up individual waste treatment facility will have to maintain records, renew authorizations, submit reports and laison with the authorities. All these will be an additional burden not only on the resources but also on managerial time.
WHAT IS A COMMON FACILITY:
In this scheme all bio-medical waste generating institutes (hospitals, nursing homes, pathology, blood banks, clinics and others) join together to install a common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment Facility.
All bio-medical waste generating institutes contribute according to their size of the institute and collect a common fund to install the common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment Facility.
All bio-medical waste generating institutes contribute monthly amount based on bed strength or waste quantity to operate and maintain the facility.
The workload associated with waste management will shift from the healthcare setting to the company maintaining the common waste treatment facility.
WHAT SERVICES CAN E-TECH PROVIDE ?
E-Tech have past experience of setting up various common bio-medical waste treatment facilities on turn key, partnership and consultancy basis and offers following services:
1. Consultancy and turnkey services for setting up Common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment Facility.
2. Running, operation and Maintenance contract for such projects.
3. Equity participation in specific projects on certain terms and conditions or develop such facility on BOOT by BOOT basis.
4. Supply complete range of equipment required for setting Common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment Facility.