New Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules Notified

‘New Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules will Change The way Country Used to Manage Waste Earlier; Make a Big Difference to Clean India Mission’: Shri Prakash Javadekar


Shri Prakash Javadekar releasing the new Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules

"The new bio-medical waste management rules will change the way country used to manage this waste earlier. Under the new regime, the coverage has increased and also provides for pre-treatment of lab waste, blood samples, etc. It mandates bar code system for proper control. It has simplified categorization and authorisation. Thus, it will make a big difference to clean India Mission", said Union Minister of State (IC) Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, while releasing the new Bio-medical Waste Management Rules, 2016.

The major salient features of BMW Management Rules, 2016 include the following:

(a) The ambit of the rules has been expanded to include vaccination camps, blood donation camps, surgical camps or any other healthcare activity;

(b) Phase-out the use of chlorinated plastic bags, gloves and blood bags within two years;

(c) Pre-treatment of the laboratory waste, microbiological waste, blood samples and blood bags through disinfection sterilisation on-site in the manner as prescribed by WHO or NACO;

(d) Provide training to all its health care workers and immunize all health workers regularly;


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