Telangana pollution control board directs hospitals on waste disposal

By   |  Published: 26th Nov 2017  1:40 am

Hyderabad: Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) Member Secretary P Satyanarayana Reddy directed all hospitals in the State to strictly adhere to the Bio Medical Waste Rules – 2016 failing which stringent action would be initiated against them.

The PCB Task Force Committee on Saturday reviewed the disposal of Bio Medical Waste of 32 major hospitals in the State and observed that three hospitals were not properly disposing the bio medical waste to the common bio medical treatment facilities. The committee decided to issue show cause notices to these hospitals as to why prosecution should not be launched against them. The committee directed that all the hospitals should compulsorily have CFO from TSPCB.

The bio medical waste has to be collected in colour-coded bins and bar-coded bags and directly go to the bio medical facility and not mixed with municipal waste, the PCB said in a press release issued here. Plastic waste should be collected separately and also have a designated place in the hospitals for storing.

All hospitals would be inspected regularly and reviewed by the committee, the release said.

The Task Force also reviewed the operation performances of 11 Bio Medical Treatment facilities in the State and directed them to collect the segregated bio medical waste on a day-to-day basis. They were also directed to upgrade the treatment facilities by March 27, 2018 as per the New Bio Medical Rules – 2016.