Soka Uncobe: Developing a hazardous transport system
As part of the Swaziland VMMC campaign, SCMS established a health care waste management system which included the transport of hazardous waste from 38 sites to six regional hospitals for treatment and disposal. During the implementation of the program, it was found that Swaziland did not have a certification program to license transport companies that handle hazardous waste.
The program complies with requirements established by the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Swaziland Environmental Authority was responsible for conducting training and certifying private waste hauling firms that successfully completed the course. Certified firms then became eligible for contracting through SCMS to provide waste transport services.
The public-private partnership resulted in improvements in waste handling that will be sustained well beyond the end of the campaign. These mutually beneficial relationships should be encouraged as a means to creating sustainable impact on the country’s health care system.
SCMS managed the handling, transport and disposal of approximately 33.36 metric tons of hazardous waste (infectious, sharps and decontaminated non-sharp metal instruments) generated during its one-year lifespan of the VMMC campaign without incident.