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Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
Volume 9 (5), 2021, 105874

Hospital effluent guidelines and legislation scenario around the globe: A critical review

Nadeem A.Khana, Viola Vambolb, Sergij Vambolc, Borys Bolibrukhd, Mika Sillanpaae,f, Fazlollah Changanig, Ali Esrafilih, Mahmood Yousefii

Civil Engineering Department, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025, India.

Abstract

Laboratories, dialysis units, and other similar facilities are important sources of negative contribution to wastewater from healthcare facilities. They dispose of pharmaceutical residues as well as unsafe pollutants such as pharmaceutical remainders, hazardous chemical agents, pathogens, as well as radio-isotopes. Wastes from these departments may contain traces of pathogenic and cytotoxic microorganisms, as well as radioactive isotopes. This state of wastewater poses a chemical, physical and biological threat to the environment due to the significant amount of hazardous pollutants. It also poses a high risk to public health. Unfortunately, the juridical and legal system does not oblige them to take care of hospital effluents' safety before being discharged into the general sewer system or the environment. Since the risk associated with wastewater composition from medical institutions is enormous, leading us to ensure high-end preparation and treatment of such wastewater before it is discharged into the sewer. Many countries do not have strict standards and legal responsibility to discharge high-hazard pollutants like those found in wastewater from medical institutions.

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