Healthcare waste management in Germany

  • Dorothea Hansen University Clinics Köln Central Hospital Hygiene
  • Ulrich Mikloweit University Clinics Essen Occupational Safety Unit
  • Birgit Ross University Clinics Essen Hospital Hygiene Unit
  • Walter Popp University Clinics Essen Hospital Hygiene Unit

Abstract

Disposal of healthcare waste may pose complex problems because of the broad range of its composition. Household waste has to be managed as well as infectious and hazardous materials, parts of human origin from pathologies or operating theatres and recyclable waste. Occupational safety, legal and economic aspects have to be considered. German good practice guidelines to define, classify and treat medical waste are presented.
Published
2014-03-26
Section
From Around the Globe