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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
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Abstract

DU TOIT, K  and  BODENSTEIN, J. Disposal of medical waste: A legal perspective. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2014, vol.104, n.1, pp.14-15. ISSN 2078-5135.

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa provides that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being. The illegal dumping of hazardous waste poses a danger to the environment when pollutants migrate into water sources and ultimately cause widespread infection or toxicity, endangering the health of humans who might become exposed to infection and toxins. To give effect to the Constitution, the safe disposal of hazardous waste is governed by legislation in South Africa. Reports of the illegal disposal of waste suggest a general lack of awareness and training in regard to the safe disposal of medical waste.

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