Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.2, March 2000

2000, Vol. 22
No. 2 (March)
..News from IUPAC
..West Africa Chemical Society
..Reports from Symposia

..Awards and Prizes
..New Books
..Reports from Commissions
..Conference Announcements

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New Books and Publications


New Publication from the World Health Organization

Teacher's Guide: Management of Wastes from Health Care Activities by A. Prüss and W. K. Townend

1998, v + 227 pages (available only in English), WHO/EOS/98.8, CHF 35.-/USD 31.50; In developing countries: CHF 24.50, Order No. 1930134.


  • definition and characterization of health care waste
  • health impacts of health care wastes
  • legislative, regulatory, and policy aspects
  • health care waste management planning
  • waste minimization, recycling, and reuse
  • handling, storage, and transportation of health care wastes
  • treatment and disposal technologies for health care waste
  • application of treatment and disposal methods to health care waste categories
  • collection and disposal of wastewater
  • costs related to health care waste management
  • health and safety practices for health care personnel and waste workers
  • emergency response
  • hospital hygiene and infection control
  • training
  • minimal programs for health care waste management
  • guidance levels of activity for procedures in nuclear medicine for a typical adult patient
  • chemical destruction methods for cytostatic drugs
  • clearance levels for radioactive waste
  • procedure to be followed in the event of accidental contamination by mutagenic or carcinogenic products

This volume is a spiral-bound collection of resource materials for use in a three-day training course focused on the safe management of health care wastes. Course materials are aimed at an audience of managers of hospitals and other health care establishments, policymakers, and professionals involved in waste management. Noting that health care waste has a higher potential of infection and injury than any other type of waste, training materials aim both to heighten awareness of specific hazards and to illustrate the strategiesówhether involving national legislation or safe practices at the institutional levelóthat can minimize these risks. The teacher's guide is a companion volume to the WHO handbook, Safe Management of Wastes from Health Care Activities, listed immediately above.

Training materials include ready-to-copy texts for overhead transparencies or slides, lecture notes, handouts, exercises, worksheets, and evaluation forms. Apart from drawing attention to the public health and environmental hazards of health care wastes, material for the course includes abundant technical information on various safe options for waste segregation, storage, collection, labeling, transport, treatment, and disposal.

Specific training materials range from overheads listing the components of national programs for waste management and outlining an action plan, through a handout illustrating technical options for waste treatment, to a worksheet for calculating the costs for construction and operation of an incineration plant. Advice on how to organize and conduct the course is provided together with suggestions for using problem-based approaches and supplementing the materials with locally relevant examples and exercises.


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