CLINICAL WASTE HANDLING AND OBSTACLES IN MALAYSIA (doi: 10.4090/juee.2010.v4n2.047054)

Shaidatul Shida Razali

Abstract


As in many other developing countries, the generation of clinical waste in Malaysia has increased significantly over the last few decades. Even though the serious impact of the clinical waste on human beings and the environment is significant, only minor attention is directed to its proper handling and legal aspects. This study seeks to examine the management of clinical waste in Selangor’s government hospitals as well as problems that arise from the current practice of clinical waste management. A depth interview with the responsible concession who handles the clinical waste management in those hospitals also has been taken. In general, it was found that the consortium’s administration was reasonably aware of the importance of clinical waste management. However, significant voids were present that need to be addressed in future including efficient segregation, better handling and transfer means, as well as the need for training and awareness programs for the personnel. Other obstacles faced by consortiums who handle the clinical waste including the operational costs. Waste minimizing and recycling, as well as the alternative treatment methods for incineration are regarded to be major challenges in the future.

Keywords


clinical waste, management, obstacles

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4090/juee.2013.v4n2.

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DOI: 10.4090/juee


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