Hazardous Substances Management Division (HSMD) of MoEF, Government of India in June 2006, granted a project to WaRM, CEE Delhi for imparting training and awareness on Biomedical Waste Management to around 200 nursing homes and clinics in Delhi. The main objective of the project is to introduce the concept of “Sustainable Integrated Healthcare Waste Management Plan” in the healthcare establishments (HCEs), which will enable HCEs to conduct regular training programmes and provide guidance to the different categories of healthcare workers on proper handling of biomedical waste generated in the HCEs and its safe disposal.
The baseline survey of existing BMWM scenario in the identified nursing homes and clinics in Delhi was conducted. Then the first round of master training programmes was conducted on BMWM in different nursing homes, labs, blood banks and clinics in Delhi. The training programmes were conducted batch wise for Doctors and Administrators, Nursing and paramedical staff and housekeeping supervisors and workers in hospitals in the five zones of Delhi. The different levels of Healthcare workers were trained on topics such as BMWM Rules, 1998, source segregation of healthcare waste, storage and management, occupational health and safety needs, needle stick injuries, mercury and other hazardous substances management, liquid waste management, infection control etc.
A second round of training of master trainers from more nursing homes and smaller HCEs in Delhi, pre and post KAP, monitoring of the HCEs after training, post training profile survey, data entry, analysis, report preparation & presentation during the culmination workshop etc., is to be conducted and BMWM kit in Hindi and a manual on BMWM training methodologies in English is to be published at the end of the project.