Leading Solutions Provider for Healthcare Waste
BioSAFE Engineering has a rich 22-year history in the use of alkaline hydrolysis for waste decontamination. We hold a portfolio of patents that fuel alternative technologies to commercial incineration of pathological waste and diseased tissues. BioSAFE Engineering is a global leader in the design, manufacture, installation and service of equipment used among healthcare, research and industry players to eliminate the threat of hazardous or infectious agents. Our patented alkaline hydrolysis technology is the most cutting-edge biowaste decontamination technology on the market. It has been validated and recognized by the USDA, European Union, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for its ability to destroy and inactivate prion proteins. We carry products that offer significant benefits associated with minimizing or eliminating handling, transport and logistics by providing environmentally-safe treatment for decontamination and disposal of Regulated Medical Waste (RMW), Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) waste and other potentially-harmful waste. Our commercial waste treatment systems have processed over 2 billion tons of medical, commercial, agricultural and other potentially-infectious waste worldwide. The STI BioSAFE system supplied have shown to substantially lower operating costs and simplify compliance history with state and federal regulators.
Effective Green Medical Waste Management
Healthcare Professionals, Patients & Public Health
Every year approximately 16 billion injections are administered worldwide, but not all of the needles and syringes are properly disposed of afterwards.
Open burning and incineration of health care wastes can, under some circumstances, result in the emission of dioxins, furans, and particulate matter.
In 2015, a joint WHO/UNICEF assessment found that just over half (58%) of sampled facilities from 24 countries had adequate systems in place for the safe disposal of health care waste.
Challenges in healthcare waste management
Lack of awareness about the health hazards related to health-care waste, inadequate training in proper waste management, absence of waste management and disposal systems, insufficient financial and human resources and the low priority given to the topic are the most common problems connected with health-care waste. Many countries either do not have appropriate regulations, or do not enforce them.
Proper management of healthcare waste is important because :
The disposal of untreated health care wastes in landfills can lead to the contamination of drinking, surface, and ground waters if those landfills are not properly constructed.
The treatment of health care wastes with chemical disinfectants can result in the release of chemical substances into the environment if those substances are not handled, stored and disposed in an environmentally sound manner.
Incineration of waste has been widely practised, but inadequate incineration or the incineration of unsuitable materials results in the release of pollutants into the air and in the generation of ash residue. Incinerated materials containing or treated with chlorine can generate dioxins and furans, which are human carcinogens and have been associated with a range of adverse health effects. Incineration of heavy metals or materials with high metal content (in particular lead, mercury and cadmium) can lead to the spread of toxic metals in the environment.
High-income countries generate on average up to 0.5 kg of hazardous waste per hospital bed per day; while low-income countries generate on average 0.2 kg. However, health-care waste is often not separated into hazardous or non-hazardous wastes in low-income countries making the real quantity of hazardous waste much higher.
WHO recommends the management of health-care waste requires increased attention and diligence to avoid adverse health outcomes associated with poor practice, including exposure to infectious agents and toxic substances. Key elements of WHO recommendation includes:
favouring the safe and environmentally sound treatment of hazardous health care wastes (e,g, by autoclaving, microwaving, steam treatment integrated with internal mixing, and chemical treatment) over medical waste incineration
building a comprehensive system, addressing responsibilities, resource allocation, handling and disposal. This is a long-term process, sustained by gradual improvements.
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Researchers & Public Health
Effective Green Anatomical Waste Management
Outbreaks | Animal Research & Testing | Vaccine Research & Manufacturing