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Telangana PCB sets up task force to regularly monitor and keep tract of biomedical waste disposal by hospitals

A Raju, Hyderabad
Monday, December 4, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Telangana state pollution control Board (TSPCB) has set up a task force to regularly monitor and keep tract of the biomedical waste disposal by the hospitals in the state. While reviewing the biomedical waste management by hospitals in Hyderabad and elsewhere across Telangana, P. Satyanarayana Reddy, Member Secretary, TSPCB directed all the hospitals to adhere to the latest revised biomedical waste pollution control norms as per Biomedical Waste Rules 2016.

“It has come to our notice that some of the hospitals in and around Hyderabad are violating the biomedical waste management regulations. In view of this we have set up a task force to regularly monitor the biomedical waste disposal by the hospitals. If any hospital attempts or is found violating the pollution control norms we will initiate stringent action against such hospitals as per the law,” Reddy said.

According to PCB authorities, as many as 32 major hospitals in Hyderabad have been reviewed of their waste management disposal systems. Among them 3 hospitals are found to have been violating the norms as the managements of these hospitals are not following the PCB norms properly while disposing the bio medical waste generated by them.

According to the norms, all the hospitals must send the bio medical waste generated by them to the common bio medical treatment (CBMT) facilities and must keep a record of the same for the PCB to review from time to time. However, some hospitals are not adhering to this norm and resorting to stealthily dispose the hazardous waste in to common drains or dump them into the lakes located faraway in the remote areas.

Having learnt about such irregularities by the Hospitals in the state, the PCB Task Force committee has decided to keep a regular track of the bio medical disposal management by the hospitals and at the same time has decided to issue show cause notices to those which are found violating the regulatory norms of PCB.

The committee has also directed all the hospitals in the state to compulsory avail the Consent for Operation (CFO) certification from the pollution control board, for which the hospitals have to prove themselves of adherence to bio-medical waste management norms set by the PCB.

As per the revised biomedical waste management rules, the hospitals must collect the bio medical waste in different colour coded boxes or bins or bar-coded bags. The waste generated by the Hospitals must be segregated and collected separately in red, orange and green boxes based on the degree of their toxicity and should be stored in a separate designated place in the hospital before being sent for final disposal at the CBMT. However some hospitals are habitually mixing the biomedical waste with the municipal waste and disposing off in the municipal bins and drains.

At present there are 11 CBMTs operating in Telangana for disposing off the bio-medical waste. However some of them are working in pathetic conditions and have not upgraded to the advanced technology. While reviewing the operations of the CBMTs in the state, the TSPCB has directed all the CBMT managements to upgrade them and regularly collect the bio medical waste from the hospitals on a day-to-day basis.

 

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