As per the act passed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 1986 & notified in the Bio Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules in July 1998, it is the duty of every “occupier”, (in the case of Supercare Hospital, the Managing Director, Supercare Hospital) i.e. a person who has the control over the institution or its premises, to take all steps to ensure that waste generated is handled without any adverse effect to human health and environment.
The biomedical waste management policy followed at Supercare Hospital is as per the Biomedical Waste Management Rules 2016, notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India as per the gazette notification dated 28th March 2016. At present, the disposal of biomedical waste collected at Supercare Hospital has been outsourced to Shillong Municipal Board.
“Bio-medical Waste” means any waste, which is generated during the diagnosis, treatment or immunization of human beings or animals or research activities pertaining thereto or in the production or testing of biological or in health camps.
“Bio-medical waste Treatment and Disposal Facility” means any facility wherein treatment, disposal of bio-medical waste or processes incidental to such treatment and disposal is carried out, and includes common bio-medical waste treatment facilities.
“Handling” in relation to bio-medical waste includes the generation, sorting, segregation, collection, use, storage, packaging, loading, transportation, unloading, processing, treatment, destruction, conversion, or offering for sale, transfer, disposal of such waste.