Waste Management for COVID 19 Pandemic
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Friday, March 11, 2022
9:00 am – 12:15 pm CST (incl. a 15-min break)
Dr. Kumar Kanti
Medical Waste Identification and Profile
Categories of infectious waste
• Common municipal wastes
• Deceptive/innocuous hazardous wastes
• Items of routine usage (not wastes)
Common infectious wastes
• Global variations in classification of infectious wastes
• Isolation waste
• Cultures, stocks and associated biologicals
• Human blood and blood products
• Pathological waste
• Used sharps
• Contaminated animal carcasses
• Unused sharps
Hospital/medical waste identification and profile
• General waste
– Paper, plastics
• Infectious waste
– Linens, clothing, food waste, body fluids
• Hazardous waste
– Chemotherapy and antineoplastic chemicals
– Photographic chemicals
Medical waste minimization options
• Segregation of individual waste streams
• Management and control practices
Waste management for COVID-19 pandemic
• COVID-19-waste (C-19-waste) in the United States, Spain, Italy,
South Korea and other countries
• Interim guidance from WHO and CDC to cope with the
massive increase in C-19 waste
• Guidance on safe handling of COVID patients for health care staff
and other areas of the hospital/facility
• Protocols to safely operate a duplex facility – (a) the COVID patients
in one area and (b) routine and emergency health care patients in another/area
• Handling, disinfection and disposal of C19-waste – massive vaccination,
sampling and testing
Global vaccines, testing and related wastes
• Wates types, issues
• Vaccine types (CDC/WHO)
• Cross infections
Medical waste treatment technologies
• Autoclave treatment
• Short wave RF treatment
• Chemical/mechanical treatment
• Microwave treatment
Key factors for effective treatment
• On-site vs. off-site considerations
Emission control and best management practices (BMPs)
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3.0 PDHs (No credit offered in NY)
Continuing Education Credit Information
Each webinar offers 3.0 PDHs to professional engineers licensed in all states except New York.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is not seeking course approval for professional engineers licensed in New York. Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.
Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).
Subijoy Dutta P.E.
Managing Director, S&M Engineering, LLC
Mr. Dutta, a registered professional engineer (P.E.), is fully engaged in water and environmental protection with his leadership in S&M Engineering, LLC (SNM), a Maryland corporation. SNM has a registered office in Kolkata and affiliate offices in Delhi, and Mumbai, India. He finished his B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Assam Engineering College, Guwahati, India. Mr. Dutta worked in Shillong, India, for about four years before moving to UW-Milwaukee to pursue his MS (Mechanical) degree. A year later, he transferred to the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman. After completing two MS degrees, one in Mechanical and the other in Petroleum & Geological Engineering from the OU, Mr. Dutta joined OU as a research faculty and opened his own consulting company, S&M Engineering Services. Later he joined the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, where he arranged to clean up five waste sites within a very short time. This earned him a National Award for Environmental Excellence in 1992 from the Air Force Chief of Staff in Washington, DC. Later, Mr. Dutta joined the US Environmental Protection Agency in DC and worked there for 20 years. During that time he worked with a multi-discipline team involving various EPA regional offices and industries to develop the best management practices guide for treatment technologies to minimize emissions and migration of contaminants. He also provided active support to help the Central Pollution Control Board in India in their development of regulations for municipal solid waste management and medical waste. Mr. Dutta’s 35-plus years’ experience as an environmental professional spanned across protection and restoration of human health and the environment involving municipal, hazardous and medical waste sites management. His work in protecting the human health and the environment covers the Yamuna River basin in India, Iloilo River in Philippines, Bagmati River in Nepal, and the Yangtze river in China. Mr. Dutta conducted a number of national and international environmental assessments, remedial design and a few site cleanups. He provided training seminars in medical waste management in cities/universities in India and US. Mr. Dutta visited medical facilities in India and provided training to the hospital management and staff in safe management of infectious waste and the effectiveness of Segregation at source. He provided training seminars in medical waste management in cities/universities in India and
Mr. Dutta formed the Rivers of the World Foundation, a charitable organization. He is actively working on over 10 rivers in India, Philippines, Nepal, China, and Indonesia. He has authored the following two books: Environmental Treatment Technologies for Municipal, Industrial and Medical Wastes Remedial Scope and Efficacy, 2nd edition, Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), and Sustainable Mining Practices – A Global Perspective, published by Balkema Publishers.
Dr. Kumar Kanti
Intermediate science 1960 St. Edmund’s College, Shillong
MBBS 1965 National Medical College,Kolkata
Trained in Safdar Jung Hospital ,Delhi 1965—1966
Moved to USA 1967 and trained in:
Griffin Hospital, Derby, Connecticut 1967-1968
Wilson Memorial hospital, Johnson City, NY 1968- 1972
FRCS (Canada) 1975
Practiced as General Surgeon in Binghamton, NY from 1972 to 1985
Moved to India 1987 and worked as Chief Surgeon Red Cross Hospital, Silchar from 1987 to 2002
Joined SMSB (Kalyani Hospital) 2002 and is working as Director, currently.