top of page

Short Communication

Biomedical Waste Management: A Much-Needed Thrust Area for Environmental Protection in the Present Era

Amandeep Singh

P.G. Department of Zoology, Khalsa College Amritsar, Punjab, India 143001
Correspondence and requests for materials should be addressed to AS

Received: 02-10-2022 Accepted: 07-11-2022 Published: 08-11-2022


Biomedical waste (BMW) is the waste produced during the diagnosis, treatment, vaccination of humans or animals, as well as during research activities related to the development or testing of biological products. Inappropriate disposal of BMW is a potential threat not only to humans but also to the safety of environment. Waste management issues are creating day-to-day problems as they have profound effect on drastically changing global environment including air, water and soil pollution. There is a need to handle BMW by safe and reliable methods in order to prevent it as a public health problem. At the same time safe management of BMW is social and legal obligation of the people supporting and funding health-care activities. A much-needed thrust to environmental protection has been provided in the recent past that elucidates such standards to be followed by the common BMW treatment and disposal facility operators.

Keywords: Biomedical waste; Infectious waste; Public health problem

Citation: Singh A (2022) Biomedical Waste Management: A Much-Needed Thrust Area for Environmental Protection in the Present Era. Environ Sci Arch 1(2): 104-106. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7303414


Acharya DB and Singh M (2000) The book of biomedical waste management. Minerva Press, New Delhi. pp. 24–32.

Capoor MR and Parida A (2021) Biomedical waste and solid waste management in the time of COVID-19: a comprehensive review of the national and international scenario and guidelines. Journal of Laboratory Physicians 13(2):175-182.

Chartier Y, Emmanent J, Pieper U, et al. (2014) Safe management of wastes from health care activities, 2nd edition Geneva, Switzerland. 


Diaz LF, Eggerth LL, Enkhtsetse SH, et al. (2008) Characteristics of healthcare wastes. Waste Management 28(7): 1219-1226. DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2007.04.010

WHO (2004) Review of health impacts from microbiological hazards in health-care wastes. Geneva, World Health Organization.

License: Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution, and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third-party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. Visit for more details


 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7303414 

bottom of page