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Interactive Research School For Health Affairs (IRSHA), Pune

Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)


EHS Policy

EHS Policy Statement

Environment, Health and Safety

Interactive Research School for Health Affairs (IRSHA)
Bharati Vidyapeeth (deemed to be University), Pune

The mission of IRSHA is to conduct research and development, to provide maximum health benefit to people with safe and environmentally friendly approach. IRSHA attaches greatest value to its employees, research students, trainees and stakeholders, contractors, patients and communities. IRSHA further believes that safety and health of its personnel and public are a matter of paramount concern and accords it the same importance and priority as for research and development. IRSHA strives to prevent all possible accidents, incidents, injuries and occupational illnesses and shall make continuous and dedicated efforts to protect the environment.

IRSHA is obligated to:

Promote the research work in a manner that protects the safety and health of its personnel and the public; give priority to EHS in the planning and execution of the research work and related activities of the institute, and maintain compliance with all relevant and applicable state/central regulations.

In support of this policy, IRSHA commits to:

  1. Work continuously to improve the efficiency and effective performance of the EHS management system of the institute.
  2. Conduct the research activities and process development to prevent or minimize the impact on the environment, health and safety of all personnel and public.
  3. Create awareness, skill and competence to develop the required level of knowledge and skills in all personnel through training and internal communication.
  4. Maintain good housekeeping practices in the institute premises.
  5. Eliminate, minimize and/or control adverse environmental impacts by adopting appropriate technologies and best EHS management practices at all levels of functions.
  6. Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, environmental incidents, and property losses or damage.
  7. Arrange for the safe use, handling, storage and transport of materials and hazardous substances;
  8. Make appropriate arrangements to assess and control the risks associated with work activities undertaken at the institute; and
  9. Maintain EHS policy, guidance and procedures consistent with current best practice for health and safety management through monitoring and regular review.

While the ultimate responsibility for the safety and environmental health rests with the Director, IRSHA, responsibility is devolved to all the scientists, Project Leaders, technical and administrative staff to ensure adequate implementation of the institute EHS policy in their respective areas of responsibilities and activities.


Dr. A. C. Mishra
Director

Environment, Health and Safety Risk Management Plan

Environment, Health and Safety Risk Management Plan


1. Environmental Impact and risk mitigation

Risk Project Specific Risk Potential Impact Mitigation Steps
Air Pollution Minimal risk Inadvertent air contamination of virus Outgoing air from critical lab passes through HEPA filters of BSL-2 and BSL-3 Labs
Water Pollution Minimal risk Inadvertent contamination of water All liquid waste from critical area treated in effluent treatment plant(ETP)
Chemical waste Marginal impact Some chemicals are carcinogenic and might induce adverse impact on health By following the process specified for the chemical disposal provided by manufacturers.
Biological Waste

 

Minimal risk Inadvertent contamination with virus, risk of infection to staff and community Waste management system (Annexure A)
Heavy metals, Radiation wastes, destruction of surrounding ecosystem Minimal risk Project implementation aspects will not create any adverse heavy metals waste. Not required

2. Occupational Health and Safety and risk mitigation

Risk Project Specific Risk Potential Impact Mitigation Steps
Heat Hazards Minimal risk Burn related to seam of autoclave All necessary procedures are in place to prevent heat associated hazards particularly in SOP of autoclaves, washing areas etc
Chemical Hazards Minimal risk Injuries Chemicals are stored in ventilated cup boards and aliquots are prepared in fume hoods available on all the floors
Fire Hazards Minimal risk Injuries, property loss Fire safety equipment
Pathogenic and biological hazards Marginal impact There will be chance of infection with virus Appropriate Biosafety precautions are taken by all workers. Infectious organisms are handled in Biosafety cabinets following SOPs
Process safety Minimal risk There may be chance of contamination with virus All work is done in BSL-2 lab, following Biosafety guidelines 
Radiological and noise hazard Minimal risk Project implementation will not cause any radiological hazards. Not applicable

3. Community Health and Safety and risk Mitigation

Risk Project Specific Risk Potential Impact Mitigation Steps
Transport of hazardous material Minimum minimum As described in waste management system (Annexure A)
Emergency preparedness Plan Minimal Not much Onsite emergency plan, mock drills, communication system is in place
Communication with local community minimum Misunderstanding about the project in community Detailed information has been shared with Pune Municipal Corporation authorities and local community representatives)

Biomedical Waste Management and Disposal

The collection, transportation and disposal of biomedical waste generated as a result of various diagnostic and research requirements are carried out on a daily basis. In a week, a total of 76 kg of biomedical waste is generated in the department; this includes 35.8 kg of infectious waste and 50.4 kg of infectious plastic waste. The infectious waste that is produced is pre-treated on a daily basis (either chemically disinfected or autoclaved) at an institutional level and is handed over to PASSCO Pvt. Ltd. A PASSCO vehicle with GPRS tracking system transports the waste from the institute to their plant for further treatment. The infectious waste is collected in yellow bag is incinerated at 800 oC while the waste collected in red bag is shredded or recycled or used in landfills. The sharps and glass material collected is chemically treated and used for landfill. Ash from incineration of biomedical waste is disposed off at a municipal landfill.

Important Documents

Important Documents


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