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;