Waste Management

Author(s):
William J. Pate, BS, MPH, DPH Safety Manager, Environment of Care

University Health System
San Antonio, TX

Published:
October 3, 2014

Abstract

The infection preventionist has varying levels of involvement with healthcare waste management and is often focused on regulated medical waste. An effective waste management program is complex due to numerous regulations and guidelines, evolving technologies, expanding healthcare delivery settings, emerging infectious diseases, and the potential for bioterrorism. Although responsibility for the management of healthcare waste is typically outside the area of responsibility for most infection preventionists, they may still be included in a wide range of areas related to management of healthcare wastes beyond the traditional role. This chapter provides information and resources to assist the infection preventionist with successful participation in the safe management of healthcare wastes.