Title: Scenario-based risk assessment model for infectious medical waste collection and transportation system

Authors: A.R. Tembhurkar; Radhika Deshpande

Addresses: Department of Civil Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur 440011, Maharashtra, India ' Department of Civil Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur 440011, Maharashtra, India

Abstract: It is preeminent to develop a safe, secure and sustainable collection and transportation system for infectious medical waste (IMW). Risk assessment of infectious medical waste collection and transportation (IMWCT) system is the need of the hour for recognising threats, hazards and vulnerabilities in the area of IMWCT. Planned and optimised routes considering the risk aspect would provide secure collection and transportation for IMWCT. Few endeavours are found towards appraisal of hazard amid collection and transportation of IMW particularly in India. The present paper initiates the scenario-based risk assessment approach along with optimisation of collection and transportation routes for IMW.

Keywords: risk assessment; infectious medical waste; IMW; multi-objective ant colony system; MOACS; collection and transportation system; sustainable transportation; standard risk matrix.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRAM.2018.095782

International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 2018 Vol.21 No.4, pp.271 - 282

Accepted: 15 Nov 2017
Published online: 17 Oct 2018 *

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