Hazardous Waste Management and Health Risks

Hazardous Waste And its Associated Health Risks

Author(s): Rishi Rana and Rajiv Ganguly * .

Pp: 51-61 (11)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811454745120010006

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


One of the major challenges faced as the result of a growing population and increased industrialization is the management of hazardous wastes that are been generated continuously. Today, hazardous waste presents one of the biggest environmental and public health challenges for any government and society as its safe handling needs a good amount of capital and scientific knowledge. Improper disposal of wastes has led to numerous environmental concerns like air, water and soil pollution. Many research studies have shown that hazardous substances present in the waste produce toxins that affect humans as well as the whole environment. Hence, through analysis of secondary data, this paper tries to throw light on some dimensions associated with it, namely identification and classification of hazardous waste, its harmful impact on health and environment and its disposal and management.

Keywords: Disposal, Environmental and Health Risks, Hazardous Waste, Management.

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