ADB Data Room: Managing Infectious Medical Waste during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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ADB Data Room: Managing Infectious Medical Waste during the COVID-19 Pandemic

09 April 2020
Manila
Philippines

During the COVID-19 outbreak in Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China (PRC), infectious medical waste increased by 600% from 40 tons per day to 240 tons per day. This quickly overwhelmed existing medical transport and disposal infrastructure around hospitals.

Other countries are likely to face similar challenges. It is critical that additional waste management systems are put in place to help reduce the further spread of COVID-19 and the emergence of other diseases.

To support its developing member countries, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has compiled the following list of considerations and recommendations, as well as useful reference documents to enable governments to rapidly respond to these unprecedented challenges.

For more information or specialized advice, please contact Stephen Peters.

 

 

Note: The mention of specific companies or of specific manufacturers’ products does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by ADB in preference to others of a similar nature that are not mentioned. Errors and omissions excepted, the names of proprietary products are distinguished by initial capital letters. 

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
05 Apr 2020 Brief Managing Infectious Medical Waste during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This brief provides governments with essential information to support their efforts to manage an increase in infectious medical waste due to...
Asian Development Bank
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
06 Apr 2020 General Guidance on COVID-19 Interim Guidance: Global surveillance for COVID-19 caused by human infection with COVID-19 virus
This document summarises current WHO guidance on global surveillance for COVID-19 in humans, caused by infection with COVID-19 virus.
World Health Organization
06 Apr 2020 General Waste Management Press Release: Waste management an essential public service in the fight to beat COVID-19
When making freedom of movement and support decisions regarding essential services, Waste Management and Disposal Systems should be included...
United Nations Environment Programme
06 Apr 2020 General Waste Management Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice to local authorities on prioritising waste collections
A guide issued by the Government of the United Kingdom to help local authorities and other waste collectors prioritize their waste collection...
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
06 Apr 2020 General Waste Management Waste Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic
These recommendations were created to help guide waste management practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is built upon the recommendations...
International Solid Waste Association
06 Apr 2020 General Waste Management How to Dispose of Healthcare Waste in Landfills
This presentation explains how to dispose of healthcare waste safely in landfills during the COVID-19 crisis and highlights the importance of...
International Solid Waste Association
06 Apr 2020 General Waste Management COVID-19 and Hazardous Waste Management
In this video, Nicolas Humez, Chair of the ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste and Director of Public Affairs for SARP Industries gives an...
International Solid Waste Association
06 Apr 2020 Cement Kilns for Disposal of Infectious Medical Waste Technical Guidelines on the Environmentally Sound Management of Biomedical and Health Care Wastes (Y1; Y3)
These guidelines provide information for the proper treatment of wastes from healthcare establishments (public and private).
Secretariat of the Basel Convention
06 Apr 2020 Cement Kilns for Disposal of Infectious Medical Waste News item: Coronavirus medical waste burned in cement kiln
Medical waste from hospitals that are fighting the COVID-19 epidemic in the People's Republic of China's Hubei Province has been burned...
Xinhua News Agency
06 Apr 2020 Cement Kilns for Disposal of Infectious Medical Waste Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound co-processing of hazardous wastes in cement kilns
Cement kilns have a long history of co-processing alternative and hazardous fuels. The UN Environment Programme provide detailed guidelines ...
Secretariat of the Basel Convention
06 Apr 2020 Cement Kilns for Disposal of Infectious Medical Waste Treatment and disposal technologies for health-care waste
Cement kilns have a long history of co-processing alternative and hazardous fuels. WHO provides detailed guidelines on the safe use of cement...
World Health Organization
06 Apr 2020 Cement Kilns for Disposal of Infectious Medical Waste Cement kiln to treat medical waste of COVID-19
The People's Republic of China identified that cement kilns could support the safe disposal of infectious COVID-19 medical waste, and approached...
Amanda Lee
06 Apr 2020 Cement Kilns for Disposal of Infectious Medical Waste Code of practice for emergency co-processing of COVID-19 medical waste in cement kiln (Unofficial translation)
The CBMF and the Ministry of Environment and Ecology provided an early set of guidance on co-processing medical waste in cement kilns.
(People's Republic of) China Building Materials Federation
06 Apr 2020 Large Scale Disinfection Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
List of products that meet the US Environmental Protection Agency criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
06 Apr 2020 Large Scale Disinfection Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness & Response Plan (FAD PReP) Standard Operating Procedures - Cleaning and Disinfection
The FAD PReP Standard Operating Procedures provide operational guidance for responding to an animal health emergency in the US.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
06 Apr 2020 Large Scale Disinfection Presentation: Weapons of Mass Disinfection
Guidance from the state Government of Michigan on the tools available for large scale disinfection of urban and suburban areas.  ...
Department of Public Health - Ottawa County, Michigan
06 Apr 2020 Large Scale Disinfection Foot and Mouth Disease Control Strategy for Great Britain
This document describes how a suspect case and outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease would be managed and the measures to be applied within...
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
06 Apr 2020 Large Scale Disinfection Presentation: Disinfection and Waste Management in the ETU
A lecture on disinfection and waste management in the ETU to prepare healthcare workers to work in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Africa.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
06 Apr 2020 Large Scale Disinfection Video: Cleamix VCS-100 Decontamination Kit
Video describing the Cleamix VCS-100 decontamination device that uses Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) vaporization technology for decontaminating...
Cleamix Ltd
06 Apr 2020 Large Scale Disinfection Videos: Authorities in India undertaking disinfection activities during COVID-19 outbreak
Videos showing local authorities in India carry out cleaning and sanitization activities to curb the spread of COVID-19. Video 1: Local...
Newsflare
06 Apr 2020 Large Scale Disinfection Video: Street sanitation process in Qatar
Qatar's Public Works Authority undertaking cleaning and disinfecting activities on roads around the Hamad Medical Corporation. [via Marsal Qatar...
Marsal Qatar Network
06 Apr 2020 Large Scale Disinfection Videos: Disinfection efforts in the People's Republic of China
Videos showing local authorities in the People's Republic of China carry out cleaning and sanitization activities to curb the spread of COVID...
06 Apr 2020 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Video: PPE Donning and Doffing: CDC Sequence for COVID-19
Video demonstrating techniques on how to properly put on and remove personal protective equipment. [via Hippo Education]
Hippo Education
06 Apr 2020 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Video: COVID-19 PPE donning techniques
This video provides guidelines on the correct methods for putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). [via Harford Healthcare]   &...
06 Apr 2020 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sequence for putting on and removal of PPEs
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requires the correct methods for use, donning and doffing to provide maximum protection to the user. The...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
06 Apr 2020 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Interim guidance on the rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
This document summarizes WHO’s recommendations for the rational use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare and community settings...
World Health Organization
06 Apr 2020 Transport, Storage, and Record-keeping for Infectious Medical Waste Handling, storage, and transportation of healthcare waste
A user-friendly guide on the handling and record-keeping required to safely transport and dispose of infectious medical waste.
World Health Organization
06 Apr 2020 Transport, Storage, and Record-keeping for Infectious Medical Waste Technical Guidelines: Transport of Infectious Clinical Waste (UN3291)
UN3291 is the definitive guide to the classification and handling requirements for all types of waste materials.   
WHO Regional Office for Europe
06 Apr 2020 Management of Infectious Medical Waste Dirty and Dangerous: Healthcare Waste Management within MSF Settings
Medicine Sans Frontieres has a long experience in managing viral outbreaks in rural areas in developing countries. They have kindly shared details...
Joos Van Den Noortgate
06 Apr 2020 Management of Infectious Medical Waste Public Health Engineering in Precarious Situations
Manual intended for the setting up of public health programmes in disadvantaged areas, particularly in refugee and displaced persons camps, ...
Médecins Sans Frontières
06 Apr 2020 Management of Infectious Medical Waste Safe management of wastes from health-care activities
This handbook provides comprehensive guidance on safe, efficient, and environmentally sound methods for the handling and disposal of health-...
World Health Organization
06 Apr 2020 Management of Infectious Medical Waste Technical Specification on Centralized Disposal of Medical Waste (Trial)
Technical guidance from the Government of the People's Republic of China on the centralized infectious medical waste management for COVID-19...
Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China
06 Apr 2020 Management of Infectious Medical Waste Notice on Environmental Management of Medical Waste Caused by COVID-19
Guidance from the Government of the People's Republic of China on the environmentally sensitive handling of COVID-19 derived medical waste. &...
Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China
06 Apr 2020 Management of Infectious Medical Waste Notice on the Management of Medical Waste in Medical Institutions for COVID-19
Guidance from the Government of the People's Republic of China on the management of COVID-19 derived medical waste in medical facilities and...
National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China
06 Apr 2020 Management of Infectious Medical Waste Guide on Management and Technical on Emergency Treatment and Disposal of Medical Waste Caused by COVID-19 (Trial)
Technical guidance from the Government of the People's Republic of China on the management and treatment of COVID-19 derived medical waste in...
Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China
06 Apr 2020 Management of Infectious Medical Waste Toxic Waste Control: Control of Biohazardous Wastes
Guidance from the Government of Singapore on the handling of infectious medical waste.  
National Environment Agency - Singapore
06 Apr 2020 Management of Infectious Medical Waste Videos: Medical Waste Disposal in the People's Republic of China
Videos depicting the challenges presented by large volumes of medical waste generated during a COVID-19 outbreak in the People's Republic of...
06 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerators Temporary Volume Reducer Manufacturing
Medicine Sans Frontieres shares details of basic level incineration systems that can be built and operated in areas without established health...
Médecins Sans Frontières
06 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerators Temporary Volume Reducer Operation
Medicine Sans Frontieres shares how to operate basic level incineration systems in areas without established health care infrastructure. &...
Médecins Sans Frontières
06 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerators Incineration in Health Structures of Low Income Countries
Medicine Sans Frontieres have long experience in managing viral outbreaks in rural areas of developing countries. They share details on how ...
Médecins Sans Frontières
06 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerators Best Practices for Local Incineration
The World Health Organization provides detailed guidance in the operation of simple, rural incinerators to ensure complete destruction of infectious...
World Health Organization
06 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerators Guidance on Medical Incineration in Remote and Rural Areas
Medicine Sans Frontieres shares details of basic level systems which can be built and operated in areas without established health care infrastructure...
Médecins Sans Frontières
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
07 Apr 2020 Microwave Sterilization Technology Ecosteryl
Provider of small- and medium-scale microwave/grinding technology from Belgium for the treatment of infectious medical waste. With existing ...
AMB Ecosteryl
07 Apr 2020 Microwave Sterilization Technology Sterilwave
Provider of medium- and large-scale microwave/grinding technology from France for the treatment of infectious medical waste. With existing presence...
Bertin Medical Waste
07 Apr 2020 Microwave Sterilization Technology G-Won Green Supply
Provider of medium- and large-scale microwave/grinding technology from Taipei,China for the treatment of infectious medical waste. With...
G-Won Green Supply
07 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerator Technology Addfield Environmental Systems
Provider of small-, medium-, and large-scale medical incineration technology from the United Kingdom. With existing presence and track record...
Addfield Environmental Systems
07 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerator Technology Inciner8
Provider of small- and medium- scale medical incineration Technology from the United Kingdom. With existing presence and track record of supplier...
Inciner8
07 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerator Technology Hi-Tech Incineration
Provider of medium- and large-scale medical incineration technology from Thailand. With existing presence and track record of supplier and operations...
Hi-Tech Incineration Co Ltd
07 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerator Technology Baleen International
Provider of medium- and large-scale medical incineration technology from Canada. With existing presence and track record of supplier and operations...
Baleen International
07 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerator Technology KURINA Solutions
Provider of small- and medium-scale medical incineration technology from Malaysia. With existing presence and track record of supplier and operations...
Kurina Solutions
07 Apr 2020 Medical Incinerator Technology Kankyo Cleantech
Provider of medium- and large-scale medical incineration technology from India. With existing presence and track record of supplier and operations...
Kankyo Cleantech
07 Apr 2020 Disinfection Technology Cleamix H2O2 Vapour Generation Technology
Provider of cutting-edge disinfection systems from Finland for medical and other facilities. With existing presence and track record of supplier...
Cleamix Ltd
07 Apr 2020 Disinfection Technology Vetrohealth Pods
Provider of cleanroom and disinfection systems for hospitals and medical facilities. With existing presence and track record of supplier and...
Vetrohealth
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
08 Apr 2020 (To be confirmed)

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