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Chapter-06 Health Hazards of Poor Biomedical Waste Management

BOOK TITLE: Going Green: A Manual of Waste Management for the Dental Practitioner

Author
1. Raman Uma
2. Iyer Vidyaa Hari
ISBN
9788180619809
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/11034_6
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2007
Pages
3
Author Affiliations
1. Ragas Dental College and Hospital, East Coast Road, Uthandi, Chennai
2. Ragas Dental College and Hospital, East Coast Road, Uthandi, Chennai
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Abstract

Injuries from sharps, Nosocomial infections, and hazardous chemicals cause risk to Doctors, nurse, patient, visitors, clinic maintenance personnel, and other workers. Careless handling of hazardous and infectious waste poses a threat to the environment and health. Pathogens in infectious waste may enter human body through puncture, abrasion, mucous membranes, inhalation, and ingestion. Hepatitis viruses B and C transmit through health care waste. Chemical residues discharged into the sewerage system have adverse effect on the operation of biological sewage treatment plants or toxic effect on natural ecosystem of receiving water.

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