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Waste Management

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Waste generated by health care activities includes a broad range of materials, from used needles and syringes to soiled dressings, body parts, diagnostic samples, blood, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and radioactive materials.

Poor management of health care waste potentially exposes health care workers, waste handlers, patients and the community at large to infection, toxic effects and injuries, and risks polluting the environment. It is essential that all medical waste materials are segregated at the point of generation, appropriately treated and disposed of safely.

Health-care waste management

To better understand the problem of health-care waste management, WHO guidance recommends that countries conduct assessments prior to any decision as to which health-care waste-management methods be chosen. Tools are available to assist with the assessment and decision-making process so that appropriate policies lead to the choice of adapted technologies. In support of sound health-care waste management, WHO proposes to work in collaboration with countries through the following strategy:

In the short-term

In the mid-term

In the long-term

WHO aims to promote effective non-burn technologies for the final disposal of medical wastes to avoid both the disease burden from unsafe health-care waste management and potential risks from dioxins, furans and co-planar PCBs. WHO will: