Waste Management

Hazardous Waste Disposal: Serious Impacts on Health

Hazardous Waste Disposal: Serious Impacts on Health
Hazardous Waste Disposal: Serious Impacts on Health

 

A standard everyday practice in all households across the globe is the disposal and management of waste. It keeps homes clean and safe from infections or health hazards of any kind. Waste management thus becomes an indispensable part of maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. The practice of waste disposal is not only limited to individual housing units but also commercial spaces. In the case of commercial establishments like restaurants, it becomes very crucial to pay attention to waste management activities. If neglected, it could lead to serious impacts on human health. 

What is Waste Disposal?

Waste Disposal refers to the proper collection, segregation, transportation, and processing of waste materials daily. It is a complex system involving all the above-mentioned processes. Waste materials may be in solid, liquid, or gaseous state and they are dealt with differently. Waste Disposal is a very crucial process as it plays a vital role in directing lifestyle, and health patterns, and also poses occupational and health issues to persons who treat these wastes. 

What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous wastes include toxic chemicals or used medical equipment that is thrown away negligently. These are harmful to public health and must be treated very cautiously. The rapidly growing industrial sector has contributed significantly to the generation of hazardous wastes in increasing quantities. Hazardous wastes may be radioactive substances, chemicals, bio-medical wastes, flammable wastes or explosives. The accumulation of hazardous wastes is capable of disrupting ecosystems and thus, affecting the health of people.

Dangers of Hazardous Waste Disposal

Traditionally, hazardous wastes were dumped in open spaces and landfills far away from residential areas or incinerated. Both these processes trigger other environmental risks such as soil, water and air pollution, capable of disrupting an entire ecosystem. Other sophisticated methods of dealing with hazardous wastes have developed over time such as landfarming, flotation, filtration, etc.  

  • Immediate Health Issues: As stated earlier, hazardous wastes can potentially expose individuals treating them to serious health conditions. Immediate effects of exposure to hazardous wastes may lead to a burning sensation in the eye, skin irritability, headache, dizziness or nausea. 
  • Prolonged Health Issues: If not dealt with carefully, it may lead to chronic health conditions such as cancer and may also result in physiological malfunctions such as organ failures and reproductive impairments. In some cases, it may also lead to birth defects in offspring. 
  • Chances of Fatality: Depending on the degree of exposure, it may also lead to death. Owing to the health effects of hazardous wastes, it is very important for workers dealing with hazardous wastes to be cautious, wear the right safety gear, identify wastes correctly and be sure of the emergency procedures to be employed. 

Importance of Hazardous Waste Disposal

The main objective of hazardous waste disposal remains to find a suitable arrangement for waste disposal which ensures the safety of human health from any disease or ailment. It has become increasingly important to discover eco-friendly ways to manage and dispose of such wastes to minimize health and occupational risks. However, the toxins cannot be destroyed without any environmental effects. 

The Takeaway

A great way to keep a check on these hazardous wastes would be to use the effectiveness of modern technology and focus on the principle of the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Qatar Engineering House uses these 3 principles. With decades of expertise in handling hazardous waste, Qatar Engineering House is your best option when it comes to the safety of your employees. Moreover, our highly effective and proven methods can ensure that your workplace remains free of hazardous waste.