The Risk Assessment for the Healthcare Waste in the Hospital of Batna City, Algeria

L. Sefouhi, M. Kalla, L. Bahmed, L. Aouragh
2013 International Journal of Environmental Science and Development  
 Abstract-Inadequate management of healthcare waste (HCW) is a serious concern in many developing countries due to the risks posed to human health and the environment. Poor management of HCW exposes health care workers, waste handlers and the community to different risks as : infections, toxic effects and injuries. Risk Management is the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks. In Algeria, many efforts have been made by the government authorities in order to better manage the
more » ... better manage the waste from healthcare facilities. However most healthcare facilities do not comply with the principles stated in Algerian legislation. In the hospital of Batna city, a total about 1114 Kg of risky healthcare waste (RHCW) are produced each day. By using Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA) which is an assessment tools, our focus in this paper is to identify and study health risks that may occur due to the existence of hazardous elements in healthcare waste, to identify treatment modalities tailored to each adverse event and to characterize and prioritize these adverse event in terms of occurrence and severity scenario. Index Terms-Management, preliminary hazard analysis, RHCW, risk assessment.
doi:10.7763/ijesd.2013.v4.390 fatcat:5rbqspa4vjej5has72whf4xrxi