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An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. vol.89 no.3 supl.0 Rio de Janeiro  2017  Epub Oct 23, 2017 

Health Sciences

Use of performance indicators to assess the solid waste management of health services





1Departamento de Engenharias e Tecnologias, Centro Universitário Norte do Espírito Santo, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Rodovia BR 101 Norte, Km 60, 29932-540 São Mateus, ES, Brazil


Modern society faces serious challenges, among them, the complexity of environmental problems. Thus, there are several possible sources of environmental degradation, however, the waste produced by health services have an important peculiarity due to its toxic or pathogenic characteristics, since when managed improperly provide also health risk public. The involvement of solid waste from healthcare services environmental impact integrates matters a little more complex, because in addition to environmental health, they also interfere with the healthiness of environments that generate, with the consequences of nosocomial infections, occupational health and public. Thus, the management has become an urgent need, especially when we see no use of performance indicators management in healthcare environments in the city of São Mateus, ES. For this, we used the Analytic Hierarchy Process Method to prioritize such indicators as the potential improvement in health services waste management process - WHS and thus environmental analysis was performed with the use of a template for SWOT analysis. The results showed that the performance indicator training strategies developed with employees has the greatest potential to assist in improvements in WHS (Health Services Waste) management process followed indicator knowledge of the regulations associated with procedures performed by employees and importance of biosafety regulations.

Key words: Performance indicators; SWOT Matrix; AHP; waste.


The company faces serious challenges, among them, the complexity of environmental problems. Thus, there are several possible sources of environmental degradation, however, the waste produced by health services have an important peculiarity due to its toxic and / or pathogenic characteristics, since when managed improperly, as well as damage to the environment, provide health risk public (Rodrigues 2008).

Waste of Health Services (WHS) were initially called Medical Waste, an explicit reference to the waste generated by the very type of establishment. It was found, however, that other types of establishments also generated waste with similar characteristics to the waste generated in hospitals. Thus, a more comprehensive and denomination currently supports the technical means, Healthcare Waste (Garcia and Zanetti-Ramos 2004) was created. Therefore, WHS is waste generated by health care providers, dental, laboratory, pharmaceutical and educational institutions and medical research related to both human population and veterinary (Silva and Hoppe 2005).

In Brazil, due to the precarious conditions of the waste management system, there is no precise statistics regarding the number of generators, or the amount of waste generated daily health services. According to data from the National Basic Sanitation Survey conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in 2000, they were collected daily 228,413 tons of waste in the country. Overall, it is estimated that 1% of these matches the waste of health services, totaling approximately 2,300 tons per day (Garcia and Zanetti-Ramos 2004). Current data indicate that approximately 265,000 tons of WHS were collected in 2014 (ABRELPE 2014).

According to Gomes and Esteves (2012), the growing global concern over this issue has led several nations to review their legislation, these tending to become increasingly restrictive. restrictions arising mainly around the generators, which are now held accountable for the waste they produce, being forced to consign them properly. As reported by Garcia and Zanetti-Ramos (2004), large generators have greater awareness about the appropriate and necessary planning for the management of WHS. However, small generators often lack this awareness and the necessary knowledge. Often also they lack infrastructure to properly perform such management.

According to Schneider et al. (2001), the involvement of solid waste from healthcare services in the issue of environmental impact integrates matters a little more complex, because in addition to environmental health, they also interfere with the healthiness of environments that generate, with the nosocomial infections consequences, occupational and public health. Thus, it is observed that the management of WHS is presented as an urgent need, especially when we see no use of performance indicators WHS management. One can, therefore, with the aid of a decision-making method, contribute to improvements in the process, it is possible to identify vulnerabilities.

Among the decision-making methods with advanced Barbarosoglu and Pinhas (1995) and Shiau et al. (2002) highlight the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), due to its simplicity, robustness and ability to assess qualitative and quantitative factors, whether tangible or intangible. From the results obtained from the AHP for the presentation of the strengths and vulnerabilities found, it uses a SWOT Matrix (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). The use of this objective tool make it easy to understand the influencing factors and present how they can affect organizational initiative, taking into account four variables (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). Based on this information, decision makers can devise new strategies.

With the above, the objective of this study was to identify performance indicators of solid waste management in the Basic Health Units (BHU) in the city of São Mateus, ES, in order to assess the situation and indicate improvements, assisting in process efficiency waste management in these establishments.


The study was conducted in the municipality of São Mateus, located in the northern region of the Espírito Santo state: 18 42 ‘55 “S and 39º 51’ 17” O.

For the centralized approach to the study of management of WHS, was used as research universe, all the basic health units (BHU) in the urban area of ​​São Mateus / ES. They were cataloged seventeen (17) units in the urban area, located in the following neighborhoods: Aroeira, Bonsucesso, Cohab, Guriri, Pedra D’Água, Porto, Santa Tereza, Seac, Morada do Ribeirão, Vitória, Vila Nova, Santo Antonio, Aviação, ideal, Litorâneo, Sernamby and São Pedro.

In order to achieve an appropriate position on the subject, there was a literature review, which according to Gil (2002), should be based on material already prepared, such as books and scientific articles. This technical procedure begins with the review said, and classified as follows survey by proposing direct question people (Lacerda et al. 2007).

Regarding the nature of the study, this is classified as basic, to seek to generate knowledge without practical application envisaged. As for the approach, the classification is qualitative, because the study environment is the direct source for data collection, and quantitative because it was required some statistical techniques in order to translate the knowledge generated in numbers (Lacerda et al. 2007).

This study is divided into three phases, the first consisting of the preparation of the questionnaire, followed by the application questionnaire in the Basic Health Units - UBS and the evaluation of indicators through consultation with experts.

Thus, from a previous bibliographic search was prepared questionnaire for professionals involved in health services. Since for the realization of on-site interviews, we sought attention in data collection and direct contact with the present / available professionals. This is because, according to Duarte (2004), this method requires planning, theoretical preparation and technical ability at the time of collection, transcription and data analysis. In the questionnaire addressed several issues in order to obtain information on the management of waste, awareness of respondents about the environmental issues, among other issues.

As for the interview technique used was the semi-structured type, defined as a data collection method in which the interviewer formulates basic questions on the subject, but allows, and sometimes even encourages, the interviewee can speak freely on issues that arise as the main theme of the developments (Gerhardt and Silveira 2009).

The interview guide comprised a set of questions that were collected in 29 analysis variables proposed by Ventura (2009), in which your goal, according to the author, is to capture the information about the knowledge, involvement and procedures adopted by professionals from UBS in order to investigate:

  • Understanding the chain generating waste in the health establishment, from the generation stage to the final disposal of these;

  • Awareness of the employee and the internal procedures for management of WHS (segregation, internal collection, packaging and internal and external storage, internal and external transport and provision for regular collection, selective collection);

  • The interest and the employee’s willingness to collaborate in the management phases;

  • Biosecurity notions in order to minimize the risk of accidents;

  • Awareness practices adopted by the institutions;

  • Guidance transmitted to the employee and the procedures in accordance with the standards and relevant laws to work within a health facility, for safety and health at work and waste management;

  • The main questions relevant to any of the management stages.

The 29 identified variables that formed the road map are indicated in Table I.

TABLE I Observation identified variables. 

1 Knowledge of representing the WHS 11 Contamination causes with WHS 21 Training type that employees are submitted
2 Knowledge of the management responsibility of WHS 12 Identification of PPE (Individual protection equipment) used in daily activities 22 Head of interaction frequency with employees
3 Knowledge about the dangers of WHS 13 Waste segregation practiced in order to establish 23 Employee satisfaction as to training developed official
4 Observation level on the procedures performed with WHS 14 Internal collection type of WHS 24 Knowledge about the existence of HSWMP (Health Services Waste Management Plan)
5 Knowledge of laws / regulations / plans that deal with WHS management 15 Knowledge about the amount of generated WHS 25 Involvement and employee interest in discussing waste management
6 Knowledge of laws / regulations / plans associated with WHS dangerousness 16 Internal packaging location of WHS 26 Oversight
7 Knowledge of laws / regulations / plans associated with work safety in handling WHS 17 WHS inland transport characteristics 27 Judging the feasibility of selective collection of recyclable at the establishment
8 official judgment on the importance of laws and bio-security standards 18 External storage site WHS 28 Environmental awareness level official to segregate recyclable waste
9 WHS handling frequency 19 Type of treatment given to WHS 29 Procedure adopted by the employee in case of doubt
10 Mishandling consequences WHS 20 Final Form WHS disposal

Source: Adapted from Ventura (2009).

It is important to note that the variables mentioned above were used to investigate only the waste management group A (potentially infectious), D (common), and E (sharps) as waste group B (chemical) and C (radioactive) require detailed study of the specific procedures and relevant legislation to them (Ventura 2009). Examples of wastes belonging to the waste groups covered in this work are:

  • Group A: Cultures and microorganisms’ stocks, waste from genetic engineering laboratories, transfusion bags containing blood or blood products rejected by contamination or poor maintenance, carcasses, anatomical pieces, entrails, organs, tissues, body fluids.

  • Group D: Remains of food, toilet paper, paper and greasy plastic diaper, pruning waste, plaster; and

  • Group E: sharp materials or scaritines such as razors, needles, scalps, glass ampoules, drills, files, diamond burs, scalpel blades, lancets.

The 29 variables already mentioned were gathered in seven performance indicators also proposed by Ventura (2009):

  • 1) Knowledge of the information contained in HSWMP;

  • 2) Procedure performed for internally segregate the WHS;

  • 3) WHS of the final destination notions known to the employee;

  • 4) Knowledge of regulations (on waste management and safety) associated with procedures performed by employees;

  • 5) Knowledge of WHS transportation logistics practiced on site;

  • 6) Training strategies developed with employees;

  • 7) The importance of biosafety regulations.

The application of interviews with professionals from UBS was authorized by the Municipal Health Before the interviews, the research project was submitted to the Research Ethics Committee on Centro Universitário Norte do Espírito Santo (CEUNES) and approved under CAAE protocol.: 53479316.8.0000.5063, and compliance with all ethical standards in research for development of this study (Resolution 466/12). Before the interviews was made a questionnaire pre-test in order to verify the usefulness of the collection instrument for further application in the real public interest.

Only one attendant from each Health Unit was interviewed due to availability at the time of the visit. Also, no pharmacists were identified in the units.

After the questionnaire in UBS’s to select the observation variables and raise the characteristics of the procedures performed, we used an instrument for assessing indicators. The technique used to rank the identified attributes and build an ordering of these elements was the AHP. From the results, the strengths and vulnerabilities of WHS management process through the SWOT matrix were identified.


It is a multi-criteria analysis method which consists in taking decisions involving complexity and subjectivity (Saaty 1988). For Saaty (1990), the AHP seeks to address this complexity by decomposing the problem into a hierarchical structure, forming an inverted tree, where the first level is the goal or decision goal, through criteria, sub-criteria and alternatives in successive levels, causing the latter has a priority order.

It was developed hierarchical structure proposed by the AHP with the definition of the overall objective (level 1), the factors (level 2) and alternative (level 3). It adopted an assessment of indicators through consultation with experts. Therefore, we used the sense value of each specialist, by comparing between said factors to build the matrix of comparisons inspired by the method (Ventura 2009). The profile of experts was composed of researchers and health professionals. For this step took the Consent to Research, the Charter Explanatory Experts containing the guidelines to conduct review and Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet in 2013 for completion of trials experts. The record reviews were done individually via email, through the spreadsheet fill. Finally, all collected results were gathered in a single table and treated in accordance with the method.

Comparisons of experts determine the relative importance between them, capturing objective and subjective measures. Such comparisons track pair is converted into numerical values ​​in a series of square matrices, using the basic scale of Saaty, consisting of values ​​representing the intensity of the comparative trials (Vilas Boas 2006).

The recommended range for Saaty (2000), shown in Table II, from 1 to 9, with 1 signifying indifference importance of a criterion relative to one another, and 9 means the extreme importance of a criterion over another, with intermediate stages of importance between these levels. Moreover, disregarding the comparisons between the criteria themselves, representing 1 on the scale, only half of the comparisons must be made, because the other half is made up of reciprocal comparisons in the matrix comparisons, which are the reciprocal values ​​already compared (Menezes 2015).

TABLE II Primary Scale Saaty. 

Intensity of Importance / Preference Definition Explanation
1 Equally important / better Both factors are equally important / preferable
3 Importance / moderate preference Importance / moderate preference for one of the factors
5 Importance / strong preference Importance / strong preference for one of the factors
7 Importance / strong preference Importance / strong preference for one of the factors
9 Importance / absolute preference Importance / Preference absolutely greater by a factor
2, 4, 6 and 8 Intermediate values

Source: Adapted from Saaty (2000).

As Menezes (2015), the trial reflects the answers of two questions: which of the two elements is more important with respect to a higher level of discretion, and to what extent, using the scale of 1-9, in Table II.

Thus, an array of trials has been built, which in turn follows the theory of Reciprocal matrix (Figure 1), where n is the number of elements of the array, wherein:

aij>0positive, aij=1aji=1 e aij=1ajireciprocal.

Figure 1 Judgments Matrix - Gomes et al. (2016). 

After the weights assigned by each judge, an average of the same for well was calculated to obtain the relative weights of equal comparison between indicators. To check for deviation between the comparisons, as Berzins (2009) suggests, there was the inconsistency test, which was calculated the consistency of judgments ratio (RC) obtained by equation (1):


Where IR is the Random Index, standardized and dependent on the matrix n order as shown in Table III, and IC is the Consistency Index, given by: , on what it is the largest eigenvalue of the matrix of judgments. For Saaty (2001), RC should be less than or equal to 0.20, or 20%, so it can be considered acceptable.

TABLE III Random Index. 

n 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
IR 0.58 0.90 1.12 1.24 1.32 1.41 1.45 1.49 1.51 1.54 1.56 1.57 1.59

Source: Saaty (1991).

For the test, the matrices were submitted to the calculation of the maximum eigenvalue given by Equation (2) where T is the sum of the columns of the matrix and w is the normalized eigenvector.

λmáx=T.w (2)

Therefore, it was necessary for each trial matrix calculation of the eigenvector, which can be estimated by the geometric mean, given in Equation (3), each row of the matrix (Saaty 2001), and the following normalization was performed. According to Saaty (1991), the eigenvector is the relative importance of the analysis element for the objective to be achieved. All calculations used were carried out with the help of Microsoft Excel® 2013.

wi=j=1naijn (3)

The authors have chosen to dismiss the responses of respondents who reached levels higher than 20% of inconsistency, as established by Saaty (1980), in which case the RC value of the condition is not satisfied, you must reform the trials, or discard the evaluation.

After completing the inconsistency tests, we conducted an analysis to establish the priority order of the alternatives as improving the WHS management process, so as to respond to the initial objective described in the first level of the hierarchical structure. The numerical information obtained about each alternative were normalized and their relative weights (importance) were also standardized.

To go up one level of the structure, the characteristic data for the indicators are formed from the average of the data of the alternatives that make up, and the relative weight adopted for each indicator was obtained by the sum of the relative weights of their respective alternatives. To reach the final hierarchy took place multiplying the quantitative data by standard amounts and added the values ​​obtained for each alternative.

In addition to the results hierarchy of AHP were performed hierarchical cluster analysis for similarity (cluster) and multidimensional scaling nonparametric (MDS), through Primer® software to better visualize the close relationships between indicators and alternatives, considering the degree of importance given by respondents and quantitative information collected. The hierarchical clustering interconnects the samples making associations and produces a dendrogram, so that such samples to clump together. The shorter the distance between the points, the greater the similarity between the samples (Moita Neto and Moita 1998). Thus, dendrograms were constructed for analysis of the similarity between the alternatives and indicators.

The MDS, for example, is used to facilitate interpretation of the results and showing its possible relationships, where each event is represented by a point in space and the distance between them is the similarity ratio (Steyvers 2001). For this study were built for MDS’s indicators and alternatives.


From the results obtained from the AHP for the presentation of the strengths and vulnerabilities found, it elaborated a SWOT matrix, considered an essential tool in plans organization and defining decision-making strategies. The SWOT matrix was used in this study to promote a diagnosis of WHS management process. According to Dantas and Melo (2008), this matrix is presented as a scenario analysis and is divided into internal environment (strengths and weaknesses) and external environment (opportunities and threats).

Corroborating, Chiavenato (2003) confirms the need to conduct the analysis of internal and external factors, which should be explored, contained, expanded and improved or corrected.


The survey was conducted in 12 UBS because the other units could not be contacted or refused to participate / answer questionnaires. The profile of respondent’s localities covered different professionals, counting, therefore, with the participation of nurses, nursing technicians, general assistant (professional cleaning) and nursing leaders. The questionnaire was applied to an employee at a UBS due to the dependency on the availability of each participant at the time of the site visit. It was not possible to interview doctors of these establishments because such professionals do not have the time and interest to participate in this work.

After the questionnaire with employees of UBS be deleted or group some variables, reducing to 13 the number of variables to be addressed at the next work step. This change was due to the fact that some activities practiced in these establishments are compatible with some variables in question, making the approach less relevant same. Thus, the observed variables in the new stage of work are shown in Table IV:

TABLE IV Selected observation variables. 

1 Knowledge about the dangers of WHS 6 External storage location of the WHS 11 Involvement and employee interest in discussing waste management
2 Knowledge of laws / regulations / plans that deal with WHS management 7 Type of treatment and final disposal data to WHS 12 Oversight
3 Contamination causes with residue: WHS consequence of mishandling 8 Training that employees are submitted 13 Environmental employee awareness on segregation of recyclable waste
4 Waste segregation so practiced at UBS 9 Head of interaction frequency with employees
5 Internal packaging location of WHS 10 Knowledge about the existence of HSWMP

From the available literature review on the topic, the hierarchical structure proposal was developed by AHP, with the definition of the overall objective (level 1), indicators (level 2) and alternative (level 3), as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2 Hierarchical structure decision. 

In order to meet the priorities in relation to indicators, as the construction of the headquarters and pairwise comparisons, following the proposal of the presented method, it was sent to 13 experts to trial sheet. They were obtained and used judgments of 9 experts who answered the matrix of comparison sent by e-mail within the time specified by the authors. Thus, the inconsistency test was performed separately for each expert. However, experts of 2 trials were discarded by getting a consistency ratio greater than 20%. Each expert filled eight spreadsheets, and one for the trial pairwise indicators and seven intended for trial pairwise alternatives with respect to indicators. The parity comparison of an array of alternative one interviewee can be found in Figure 3 wherein each alternative was compared pairwise with respect to an indicator. For this judgment matrix follows the applied inconsistency test (Table V).

Figure 3 Judgments matrix among alternatives with respect to an indicator. 

TABLE V Inconsistency test. 

Eigenvector Normalized eigenvector (w) Sum of columns (T) (T.w) IC IR RC
1.161 0.068 28.410 1.935
0.895 0.053 29.533 1.551
1.430 0.084 20.352 1.707
1.184 0.069 20.733 1.440
0.335 0.020 47.000 0.924
0.479 0.028 36.333 1.021
2.375 0.139 7.565 1.054
2.114 0.124 7.800 0.967
0.583 0.034 31.667 1.082
0.392 0.023 43.000 0.987
3.166 0.186 5.762 1.070
0.382 0.022 45.000 1.007
2.554 0.150 6.810 1.020
TOTAL 17.051 1.000 329.965 15.765 0.230 1.560 0.148

Thus, the calculation of eigenvectors allowed to obtain the weights for each alternative to the indicator, according to Lisboa and Waisman (2003). Thus, each alternative has a relative weight found by normalization of its eigenvectors, where average of 7 answered matrices were considered. But for the weights of indicators were considered the sum of the weights of the alternatives that compose them.

Also, with regard to indicators, according to the judgment of experts, which has the highest weight is the indicator training strategies developed with the employees with 21.35%, followed indicator of knowledge of regulations associated with procedures performed by employees, importance of regulations on biosafety procedures to internally segregate the WHS, with their weights: 16.91%, 16.15% and 15.75%.

Among the alternatives analyzed, the training they undergo the staff was considered the most weight in six of the seven indicators. Since the alternative frequency of management interaction with employees had lower weight in four of the seven indicators.

The indicator training strategies developed with the staff presents the alternative training to employees as the most important were submitted in its formation, with relative weight of 21.04% and local internal packaging of WHS with less weight (3.95 %).

The indicator knowledge of the regulations associated with procedures performed by employees also features as most important alternative training they have undergone employees, with 14.8% relative weight and frequency of management interaction with employees with lower weight (3.91%). The indicator importance of biosafety regulations has alternative training they have undergone employees as the highest weight (13.26%) and local external packaging of WHS with less weight (3.95%). The classification of other indicators and their three priority alternatives can be seen in Table V. The relative weights observed and described, were multiplied by quantitative data collected after standard, and refer to the seven indicators included in the study, which allowed the prioritization thereof, considering the average importance that experts have for each element.

Thus, one can present the ranking of alternatives regarding the indicators, thus responding to the general objective where performance indicator training strategies developed with employees has the greatest potential to assist in improvements in WHS management process based on AHP with 21.35% of potential, followed indicator knowledge of regulations (on waste management and safety) associated with procedures performed by employees (16.91%) and importance of biosafety regulations (16.15%) (Table VI).

TABLE VI Priority Order of the alternatives according to the indicators. 

Training strategies developed with employees Training that employees are submitted 21.04%
Involvement and employee interest in discussing waste management 9.42%
Oversight 8.76%
Knowledge of regulations (on waste management and safety) associated with procedures performed by employees Training that employees are submitted 14.80%
Knowledge about the existence of HSWMP 9.78%
Oversight 8.64%
Importance of biosafety regulations Training that employees are submitted 13.26%
Knowledge of laws / regulations dealing with WHS management 13.05%
Oversight 10.43%
Procedure performed to internally segregate WHS segregation of waste form practiced in Health Units 11.90%
Local internal packaging 11.68%
Training that employees are submitted 10.70%
Knowledge of the information contained in HSWMP Training that employees are submitted 12.70%
Segregation of waste form practiced in Health Units 10.26%
Knowledge of laws / regulations dealing with WHS management 9.64%
Knowledge of WHS transportation logistics practiced on site Training that employees are submitted 14.25%
external storage location of the WHS 10.48%
Causes contamination with residues result from mishandling WHS 9.49%
Understanding the final destination of WHS known by the employee Training that employees are submitted 14.43%
Type of treatment and final disposal data to WHS 13.22%
Oversight 9.67%

For a better view of the similarity between the indicators was performed hierarchical cluster analysis (Figure 4). You can check the dendrogram, from the information provided by the indicators Primer® 4 (knowledge of regulations associated with procedures performed by employees) and 7 (importance of biosafety regulations) have a degree of similarity of 92.64% and the indicator 5 (knowledge of WHS transportation logistics practiced on site) differs as to its similarity to similarity of 83.67% of the other indicators.

Figure 4 Dendrogram for indicators. 

MDS when prepared, it was considered the data collected and relative weights for the analysis of indicators. Thus, this analysis confirms the similarity obtained by the dendrogram. It is observed that most of the indicators are grouped on the similarity of 80% for each of them, and as already mentioned, the knowledge indicators of regulations associated with procedures performed by employees and importance of biosafety regulations are in the same group and same range of similarity (similarity 90%).

It was also developed MDS for alternatives that make up the indicators, which made it possible to observe the similarity of 93% between alternatives 1 (knowledge of the dangerousness of the WHS), 3 (with waste contamination causes: consequence WHS from mishandling), 4 (form of waste segregation practiced in the health units) and 7 (type of treatment and final disposal data to WHS). It is important to note that the alternative 8 (training that employees are subjected) is widely dispersed the similarity of other alternative bands. This does not mean that such an alternative is a negative point for the overall goal but it got significant judgment of experts before the other alternatives, or such alternative stood out from others.

In the case of construction of the SWOT matrix in order to diagnose the scenario that includes the management of WHS, is found in Table VII the analysis, thus providing a better view of the identified potential risks and


Internal environment Forces Opportunities external environment
Interest of employees to participate in events related to the management of WHS;
Do not detect cases of accidents with WHS;
Awareness of the danger posed by the improper handling of WHS.
Partnership with UFES for development projects in the area of public health, particularly for waste management;
Increased frequency of events regarding the management of WHS.
Weaknesses Threats
No need to HSWMP by employees;
Lack of PPE;
Collection of the poor WHS;
Lack of monitoring procedures by the management;
Deficient training;
Supervision loss;
Lack of space to provide service with higher quality.
Court of investments in public health;
Information does not reach all hierarchical levels of the health facility.


The indicators covered in the study were used to obtain an index, and according to Jannuzzi (2004) such use is essential, because it is an operational tool to monitor, assist in planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of programs, projects and services.

Thus, considering the results obtained by applying the AHP, as the weights of the indicators, training strategies developed with staff and knowledge of the regulations associated with procedures performed by employees, were considered the most important in the opinion of experts.

According to the Ministry of Health (Brasil 1997), the training of health workers should be guided by designs that enable professionals to develop prevention, promotion, education and recovery, interacting better with the community and being able to solve more problems population frequent, reaching better results in the control of chronic diseases and their complications. However, 50% of respondents in the UBS commenter’s not performing training for correct procedures with WHS. However, those who received some kind of training, they showed dissatisfaction with the form and frequency of training.

Most respondents also showed unaware of the existence of laws / regulations / plans that address the handling and dangerousness of this type of waste. Therefore, the development of actions to address these deficiencies shown as an important tool to leverage the results of WHS management. From these actions, the other indicators and alternatives can be worked out, since many of these items are supplied through knowledge, by the employees of the Health Plan of Waste Management and other legal and regulatory bases, as for example, Decree No. 7,180 / 2014 of the City of St. Matthew which provides for packaging and disposal of waste (medical waste) and other measures; NR-32 which deals with biosecurity and health issues at work and health services; rules of the Collegiate Board Resolution (RDC) 306/04 ANVISA which deals with the technical regulation for the WHS management and CONAMA Resolution No. 358/05 which provides for treatment and final disposal of WHS and other measures.

ANVISA, in drafting its regulations, noted the different features in different municipalities, is the issue of sanitation, is the existence of suitable sites for the disposal of waste. The challenge now is, according Pierdomenico et al. (2007), to apply the Regulation in all its fullness, and this requires that all agents involved in the pursuit of this objective are fully aware of its contents.

There is, with the analysis of the similarity of the indicators, the results reinforce the similarity of the indicators with greater weight and the big difference with the indicator of lower weight.

The analysis of the results from the elaborate SWOT matrix, it is possible to visualize the potential and possible vulnerabilities found. Poor training, for example, proved to be a major impediment to the successful management of WHS and has significant representation before the claims of respondents, which, in turn, showed great interest in getting involved in awareness campaigns on correct handling WHS. Lack of PPE (Individual protection equipment) in some of the establishments studied shows how employees are exposed to the risks posed by the WHS.

Poor collection of WHS is because of irregular frequency in external collection, made by car third party. Reports indicate that in many of UBS’s data collection occurs only once a week, and sometimes at intervals greater than one week. According to Brasil (2006), the internal collection of WHS should be carried out, among other factors, based on the regularity of the frequency times the external collection. In Rio de Janeiro (RJ), for example, the city determines a frequency external collection of at least twice a week for health care units (Municipality of Rio de Janeiro s.d.).

The cut in investments in health, in turn, appears as a threat to the expansion of efforts to improve the WHS management process. Managers should work effectively for the sake of obtaining more resources for the maintenance of adequate infrastructure in health facilities.

With the above, the positive and negative points WHS management process in UBS in São Mateus could be better presented. For in this way, they can be exploited potentials and adequately addressed the vulnerabilities found, making the move occurs some quantitative data of importance for the sector, noting the necessary factors to obtain a better scenario. Thus, given the importance of the study, it is suggested to expand research in order to integrate other parts of the Espírito Santo state.


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