With a view to control the indiscriminate disposal of hospital waste/bio medical waste, the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India has issued a notification on Bio Medical Waste Management under the Environment (Protection) Act.
These Rules will apply to hospitals, Nursing Homes, Veterinary Hospitals, Animal Houses, Pathological labs & blood banks, generating hospital wastes. (Except such occupier of clinics, dispensaries, pathological labs, blood banks providing treatment/service to less than 1000 (one thousand) patients per month).
It shall be the duty of the every occupier of an institution generating bio medical waste which includes a hospital, nursing home, clinic, dispensary, Veterinary institution animal house, pathological laboratory, blood bank by whatever name called to take all steps to ensure-that such waste is handled without any adverse effect to the human health and the environment.