Management of “SHARPS” Wastes in Manila Hospitals (Part 3) Off-Site Management of Hazardous Healthcare Wastes in Six Tertiary Hospitals in South Manila, Philippines

Paulo Ma. N. Pagkatipunan

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, College of Medicine and
Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines Manila


Objective. The aim of this study was to determine if the collection, treatment and final disposal of hospital hazardous wastes conform to the rules and regulations and standards set by the Philippine Government and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Methods. Three private and three government tertiary hospitals located in South Manila were randomly chosen and the companies that provides them with hospital waste disposal services were asked to participate in the study to validate their conformity to the national and international hazardous waste disposal standards. Validation was done through the use of observer checklists and photographs.

Results. Results of the study showed that there were four companies who services 6 selected hospitals included in the study. All of these conformed to the standards of the World Health Organization, and to the rules and regulations as set by the Philippine government. All of the companies conformed as to standards for Legal Permits, Off-Site Transport, Personal Protective Devices and Off-Site Waste Disposal.

Conclusion. All of the companies servicing the 6 selected hospitals conformed to the standards set by WHO and the Philippine government.

Key Words: hospital wastes, sharps wastes, off-site transport of hazardous wastes, off-site disposal of hazardous wastes, hospital waste management