Medical Waste Management and Disposal - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780815512646, 9780815518266

Medical Waste Management and Disposal

1st Edition

Authors: V.J. Landrum
Hardcover ISBN: 9780815512646
eBook ISBN: 9780815518266
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 31st December 1991
Page Count: 563
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Describes the current status of US medical waste management and disposal practices, ranging from handling the waste as nonhazardous municipal solid waste to strict segregation, packaging, labeling, and tracking. Treatment techniques include steam sterilization, incineration, recycling and reuse methods. Also covers EPA studies characterizing types, numbers and sizes of waste generators and wastes generated.


Medical waste disposal firms and handlers.

Table of Contents


  1. Characterization of Medical Waste 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Medical Waste Generation 1.3 Medical Waste Data Collection Activities
  2. Health Hazard Assessment 2.1 Background 2.2 Coordination with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease

Registry (ATSDR) 2.3 Definitions 2.4 Scope of Health Hazard Assessment 2.5 General Approach to Evaluating Health Hazards Posed by

Exposure to Medical Waste 2.6 Evaluation of Health Hazards Posed by Incinerating Medical

Waste 2.7 Evaluation of Health Hazards Posed by Landfilling Medical

Waste 2.8 Evaluation of Health Hazards Posed by Disposal in Sewage

Systems 2.9 Data gaps and Research Needs 2.10 Potential Health Hazards Associated with Handling Medical


  1. Estimated Costs of the Demonstration Program and Improper

Management of Medical Wastes 3.1 Cost Methodology 3.2 Characterizing the Regulated Community 3.3 Medical Waste Generation Rates 3.4 Regulatory Costs 3.5 Results 3.6 Sensitivity Analysis 3.7 Cost of Improperly Managed Medical Waste

  1. Demonstration Program Objectives and Evaluation 4.1 Objectives of the MWTA 4.2 Measuring Effectiveness 4.3 Conclusions on the Success of the Demonstration Program 4.4 Treatment/Disposal Practices 4.5 Available Tracking Methods 4.6 Advantages/Disadvantages
  2. Medical Waste Handling Methods 5.1 Introduction 5.2


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V.J. Landrum