Due to its nature, healthcare waste poses a significant risk of infectious contamination and injury. It is generated from hospitals, clinics, dental practices, blood banks and veterinary premises, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. Healthcare waste can contain infectious agents, sharp objects, toxic material, hazardous chemicals or pharmaceuticals, can be radioactive and genotoxic. All individuals exposed to hazardous healthcare waste are potentially at risk, including those within health-care establishments and those who handle such waste. Mismanagement or careless handling of such waste can have serious consequences on public health. Healthcare institutions across Oman annually
generate around 4,500 tonnes of healthcare waste, the highest quantity of which is produced in Muscat Governorate where many regional, specialist and private healthcare institutions are located. Dhofar, North Batinah and South Al Sharqiyah governorates come second in this regard. Hazardous healthcare waste comprises of up to 15-20% of the total healthcare waste generated.
Healthcare Waste Operations
be'’ah provides healthcare waste management services on commercial basis to all governmental and private healthcare institutions across Oman. be'’ah'’s state-of-the-art healthcare waste treatment facilities have been established as per the latest international standards recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure safe management and disposal using the latest scientific methods and technologies. be'’ah'’s facilities use incineration and autoclave techniques. The autoclave technology shreds and sterilizes waste to make it harmless, whereas the incineration completely burns pharmaceutical, cytotoxic and genotoxic waste. be'’ah’'s treatment centers combined with disposal facilities create an integrated structure for healthcare waste treatment services.
Adding to its achievements, be'ah had won the Middle East Waste and Recycling Award for Best Medical Waste Treatment Practices in 2019.