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TITLE : THE CHALLENGES OF EFFECTIVE BIOMEDICAL WASTE MANAGEMENT OF INDIAN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES  
AUTHORS : Megan Isaacs      Tara Dhakkal            
ABSTRACT :
Biomedical waste management in India is currently in a state of transition. Approximately half of all generated biomedical waste is improperly disposed in public and natural areas creating serious public health and environmental hazards. Existing gaps in biomedical waste management result from ineffective management systems and an inadequate state of awareness and attitude. Challenges affected by attitudes and awareness that are currently preventing the success appropriate BMW treatment and disposal exist at all levels of management, beginning with the drafting of official rules by the Ministry of Environment and Forest and ending with the viewpoint of an individual sanitary worker. This project attempted to gain a broad understanding of what these challenges are and to analyze how employee awareness and attitudes can affect and be affected by them. The findings indicate that challenges exist on all levels of the system and that attitudes and awareness are a crucial factor in motivating the actions of both government authorities and health care facilities.

Keywords: Biomedical Waste, toxic, sharps, chemical wastes, categorization. 
 
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