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Going Green: A Manual of Waste Management for the Dental Practitioner
© 2007, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers
All rights reserved. No part of this publication should be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means: electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the authors and the publisher.
First Edition: 2007
Typeset at JPBMP typesetting unit
Printed at Paras PressPreface
It is a well-established fact that improperly disposed hospital wastes pose a deadly menace to public health. Though there is increasing awareness of the scale and magnitude of the problem there are very few initiatives to set up a practical hospital waste management program. The need of the hour is to start educating doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and associated members of the health care profession of the hazards of biomedical waste mismanagement.
Dental science uses hazardous materials and it is important to know how to dispose off them in a manner that does not produce a threat to the environment. Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, has carved a niche for itself by virtue of its excellence in the field of dental sciences. It is the first dental institution to initiate and implement a Bio-dental Waste Management Program. The program has been running successfully for the past 3 years.
Our interest in biodental waste was initiated when the senior author attended a conference on Biomedical Waste Management and thereafter developed, in the process of guiding the junior authors in the preparation of a dissertation on waste produced in a dental hospital. Our study and the experience we have gained thereafter in implementing a sustainable waste management program have been the bases for this manual.
We hope the readers will find this book a useful manual in enhancing their awareness and knowledge on biodental waste management and its implications in day-to-day clinical practice. This is a modest beginning in the field of dental waste management and we are confident that it will form a seed for many fruitful initiatives in this emerging field.
Biomedical and dental waste management is relatively a new branch in the field of dentistry. It concerns all members of the dental profession and raises the level of concern towards the society and environment they strive to serve.
We take this opportunity to thank Mr A Kanakaraj, Chairman, Dr S Ramachandran, Principal and Dr R Gunaseelan, Professor, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Chennai for their leadership and unstinting support for the vision of a sustainable Biomedical and Dental Waste Management Program.
This program is a success only because of the whole-hearted co-operation and dedicated participation of the teaching staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, dental hygienists, nurses, technicians, auxiliary workers and office staff of Ragas Dental College and Hospital.
We are deeply indebted to our family and intimate friends. Without their support and blessings this book would have not seen the light of day.
Our profound thanks extend to all those benefactors named and unnamed to whom we dedicate this book.