Deputies and senators are planning to submit to the State Duma a bill providing for the creation of an electronic system for tracking medical waste and legislative regulation of their handling from generation to processing and disposal. This became known at an expanded meeting of the Federation Council Committee on Agrarian and Food Policy on February 14.
According to the deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Ecology, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Alexander Kogan, it is necessary to create an electronic system for recording medical waste. According to him, this does not require a new information system, it is possible to integrate a new module into one of the existing ones. 39 regions have included this class of medical waste in municipal solid waste management schemes.
For the rest of the waste, you can apply the regulation as for industrial waste or classify them as a hazard class and, after neutralization and disinfection on the territory of the hospital, work with them as with a certain hazard class.
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Waste that belongs to category D, including mercury lamps, oils, and so on, should be entrusted to Rosatom, which is already engaged in the disposal of waste of I-II hazard classes, the deputy added. Much has been taken into account in the bill, which was developed by the senators, and some adjustments need to be made to it, he noted.
“When considering the bill, we need to understand what needs to be done, starting from the electronic waste management system and ending with changes in legislation, so that there are no gray areas, so that we can see the path starting from one kilogram, what happens to him, until the moment when he processed, buried,” Kogan stressed.
Alexander Dvoinykh, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Agrarian Food Policy and Environmental Management, noted that a serious analysis had been carried out, deputies and senators agreed that regional operators could work on the main waste. Senators and deputies will prepare a bill. “We will jointly finalize and agree on the timing of the introduction of the bill,” he concluded.