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Method for quantitative and qualitative evaluation of hazardous waste in laboratories of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Pourzamani, Hamidreza, Darvishmotevalli, Mohammad, Akhyari, Sepideh Habib, Hadi, Susan, Momeni, Faezeh, Bakhtiyari, Setareh Gashul, Fadaei, Saeid
MethodsX 2019 v.6 pp. 377-382
dentistry, hazardous waste, public health, questionnaires, recycling, solid wastes, Iran
Hazardous wastes (HWs) is waste that has substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment. The aim this study is evaluation of quantitative and qualitative of hazardous waste in laboratories of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences (IUMS), Isfahan, Iran. In this data research, four out of ten faculties of IUMS that produce the highest amount of HWs were selected for collection of required data. The required information collected by using interview with laboratory staffs, completion of questionnaire, and refer to the available documents. The 33 laboratories (including 18 and 15 chemical and biological laboratories, respectively) and one clinic were selected. The obtained data showed that annually 2609.9 kg HWs generated in IUMS. The dentistry, public health, medical, and pharmacy faculties were produced 104, 266.6, 793.9, and 1445.4 kg of HW per year, respectively that they were including 4%, 10%, 31%, and 55% in the total amount of generated HW. According to the acquired result, to protect the health of the environment, IUMS must establish a comprehensive solid waste management programs for prevention and reduction, higher rates of recycling, and managing HWs in all faculties.