Management of Biomedical Waste Disposal

According to the latest guidelines for segregation and management of biomedical waste and its disposal is through colour coding:

  • Yellow Bag: it consists of the hospital wastes like the used dressings, bandages and cotton swabs with body fluids and blood, blood bags, human anatomical waste or the category 1 waste, body parts or organs.
  • Red Bag: it costs of all category 4 wastes which the sharp things used like needles, syringes, also consists of used or soiled gloves, IV tubes and these are later incinerated.
  • Cardboard box with blue marking: This consists of ampules, glass vials and other glass ware are discarded in cardboard boxes.
  • White puncture proof container: These are consisting of needles, sharps, blades and these are disposed in white translucent puncture proof container.
  • Black Bags: These are to be used for non-bio-medical waste. In a hospital setup, this includes stationary, vegetable and fruit peels, leftovers, packaging including that from medicines, disposable caps, disposable masks, disposable shoe-covers, disposable tea cups, cartons, sweeping dust, kitchen waste etc.
YellowPlastic bagCategory 1, 2, 3, 6
RedDisinfected container/ Plastic bagCategory 3, 6, 7
Blue/White translucentPlastic bag/ Puncture proof bagCategory 4, 7
BlackPlastic bagCategory 5, 9, 10 (only solid)

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