Document Type : Original Article


1 Centre for Disaster Management, Haryana Institute of Public Administration

2 Department of Community Medicine, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India


BACKGROUND: Training of health‑care providers about the various aspects of biomedical
waste (BMW) management and handling (M and H) rules can improve the safe disposal of BMW
and protect the patients and public from related hazards.
OBJECTIVES: Our study objective was to evaluate the existing knowledge regarding BMW
management rules among selected health‑care professionals and to evaluate the impact of training
program on BMW management on the knowledge and practices of health‑care professionals.
METHODOLOGY: The training program on BMW management rules was conducted in April 2018.
A total of 250 participants were trained. A structured validated questionnaire was used. The data
were analyzed, and the mean score of pre‑ and post‑test was compared by the paired‑t test.
RESULTS: Majority of the participants were female (83%) aged 20–30 years (56%). The majority
of the participants were married (74%) and were from urban areas (74%). The mean pretest and
posttest score were 14.00 and 19.94 respectively (P < 0.000).
CONCLUSION: The structured training on all aspects of BMW management led to statistically
significant improvement in the knowledge among health‑care professionals.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Such training programs need to be regularly conducted.


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