Hospitals, clinics and other medical waste generators are now required to secure environmental clearance and enter into a service agreement with accredited waste haulers to ensure all potentially hazardous waste are properly managed.
City Ordinance 2592-2017, introduced by Councilor Eufemio , and signed by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, aims to monitor and regulate waste disposal coming from medical waste generator establishments.
Under the ordinance, such establishments will need to secure an environmental permit from the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The establishments are also enjoined to avail of the services of waste haulers accredited by the department.
Healthcare-related waste can be pathological, infectious, pharmaceutical, radioactive, genotoxic, chemical wastes and sharp objects.
In addition, the establishments will also need to submit a Transporter Registration Certificate of the Hauler and Permit to Transport – issued by the DENR – to the waste haulers, according to Manila Bulletin.
Failure to comply with the ordinance will result in a fine of 2,000 for the first offense, 5,000 for the second offense, and the revocation of the Sanitary and Business Permit issued by the City Health Department and Business Permits and Licensing Office.
Also, any person who will interfere with the agencies as they implement the ordinance could face a complaint of misdemeanor, which is punishable upon conviction by imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or a fine of not less than 5,000 or both.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), medical wastes components include potential reservoirs of disease-causing microorganisms such as in culture dishes, liquid blood, and pathological waste.
Portals of entry likewise include breaks in the skin and mucous membrane, and through the respiratory track, among others.
Exposure could result to intoxication, incurring injuries or burns, accidental ingestion, and cancer induction and genetic consequences up to the succeeding generations. MIMS