The management of HCW

HCWM is first of all a management issue before being a technical one and therefore completely depend on the commitment of the entire staff within HCFs. This dedication will only be possible if people are first of all properly trained and made aware of the risks that this particular type of waste poses.

At the (para-)medical level, it is important to make sure the curricula of future doctors, nurses, etc. includes this important public-health issue.

At the different administrative levels involved, clear institutional and individual responsibilities must be established.

10 steps for a HCWM plan

A top-down and a bottom-up approach must be taken so that both policy makers and (para-)medical staff understand the need to deal with HCW properly.

This document contains the rational for HCWM and what one wants to achieve.

This document is basically stating what steps must be taken to achieve the objectives that have been listed in the Policy

To carry out this initial assessment we suggest you use the WHO Rapid Assessment Tool (RAT).

This document should contain a National Action Plan (NAP) using for example the WHO general guidance document.

Edit National Guidelines.

The main issues are human and financial resources; training, etc.

Specific plans must be prepared for all relevant levels.