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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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America's Top 10 Green Hospitals
Abstract: With 24/7 operations and powerful medical equipment, hospitals are one of the greatest consumers of energy - and one of the greatest generators of waste. Increasingly hospitals are finding that they can improve the care they give to patients and protect the natural environment by making greener choices in building materials, food, cleaners, lighting and landscaping. The Green Guide has released its first-ever exclusive report on 10 hospitals, from New York, NY, to Boulder, CO, that have set a green standard with innovative operational programs and new buildings. Three hospitals in the Great Lakes states made the top 10 list, and four hospitals in Great Lakes states received honorable mentions.
Source: The Green Guide Institute
Dentist Offices & Mercury
Abstract: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), is among the Wisconsin DNR, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Dental Association and member components, and other publicly owned wastewater treatment works working together in The Wisconsin Dental Mercury Pollution Prevention Program. This program is intended to reduce the mercury discharge from dental offices. Site includes general information about reducing discharges of mercury from dental offices, a guide booklet on amalgam management, an amalgam separator installation schedule report, and a link to the text of relevant rules.
Source: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Dentist the Menace? The Uncontrolled Release of Dental Mercury
Abstract: Written by Michael Bender, this Health Care Without Harm report explores the issue of waste dental mercury disposal. Includes sections on the occurrence and toxicity of mercury, dental mercury disposal routes, challenges to reducing dental mercury releases, and case studies of dental mercury reduction initiatives from several U.S. states as well as other countries. The report ends with a list of recommendations for addressing the proper handling of dental mercury waste. (PDF Format; Length: 20 pages)
Source: Health Care Without Harm
Doctors, Children's Advocates, Public Health Organizations and Hospitals Announce Support for (IL) Governor's Mercury Pollution Reduction Plan [PDF]
Abstract: A strong coalition of doctors, children's advocates, public health organizations and hospitals have commended Illinois Governor Blagojevich's new mercury pollution reduction plan and announced their support. They then called on the CEOs of companies owning Illinois coal plants to reduce the mercury pollution from their coal plants by 90 percent by June 30, 2009 as provided in the Governor's plan. Press release from Environmental Law and Policy Center. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Environmental Law and Policy Center
Eliminating Mercury in Hospitals: Environmental Best Practices for Health Care Facilities [PDF]
Abstract: Comprehensive factsheet including info. on environmental effects of mercury, exposure pathways, industrial sources, case studies & reduction strategies for health care facilities. Cost & efficacy comparisons for sphygmomanometers & thermometers.
Source: U.S. EPA Region 9 Pollution Prevention Program
Frequently Asked Questions Recycling of Elemental Mercury and Dental Amalgam in New York
Abstract: This portion of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site provides frequently asked questions and answers related to recycling of elemental mercury and dental amalgam in the state of New York.
H2E Self Assessment Guide [PDF]
Abstract: This tool helps facilities conduct self-surveys to help prioritize activities and develop action plans. The guide addresses solid waste, hazardous waste, mercury and other issues. See sections 5A and 5B on mercury assessment. (PDF Format; Length: 27 pages)
Source: Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)
H2E's 10 Step Guide to Fluorescent Lamp Recycling [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from H2E provides 10 steps for implementing a fluorescent lamp recycling program at a health care facility. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)
Healthier Choices for Electronic Equipment: From Procurement to End-of-Life [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet provides purchasing tips for more environmentally-friendly electronic equipment, and considerations for what to do with equipment when it has reached its end-of-life. Suggestions are provided in 10 steps. (PDF Format; Length: 5 pages)
Source: Health Care Without Harm & H2E
Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)
Abstract: Cooperative effort between the American Hospital Association and EPA with goal of virtual mercury elimination by 2005. Site includes information on mercury, waste reduction, chemicals/P2, green buildings, green purchasing, and other tools.
Source: American Hospital Association
Introduction to Mercury Issues
Abstract: This on-line training (PowerPoint presentation) from the Ohio EPA provides an introduction to mercury issues for the general public and businesses. It is meant to provide an introduction to the various forms of mercury and their health effects, identify where mercury is found, identify steps to take to reduce mercury use and provide some basic resources to further explore mercury issues. Information on mercury P2 assistance for Ohio is included. Note: This presentation was optimized for more recent versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Source: Ohio EPA OCAPP
Main Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Pollution Prevention Agreement
Abstract: Every hospital in Maine has signed a landmark agreement with the state?s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and environmental groups to significantly reduce or eliminate use of products that contribute to the release or mercury and dioxin to Maine?s environment. This is the text of the pollution prevention agreement between the Maine DEP and the Maine Hospital Association.
Source: Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Managing Wastes From Health Care Providers [PDF]
Abstract: This MPCA fact sheet is intended to assist health care providers with proper waste management. For the purposes of this fact sheet "health care providers" include "a school or plant nurse's office, a physicians' office, a dental office, a medical clinic or center, an assisted-care or long-term care facility, a hospital, a veterinary clinic or animal hospital and those personnel providing health care or operating such facilities." Waste types discussed include hazardous wastes, industrial solid waste, infectious waste, pharmaceutical waste, radioactive wastes, and sewerable waste. (PDF Format; Length: 7 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Mercury in Eye Surgery Settings [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet provides suggestions for facilities that still have mercury intraocular pressure reducers?little bags of mercury used as weights to apply pressure to the eye prior to cataract surgery. While these devices are no longer commercially available and the practice is largely obsolete, many facilities may still have these devices. (PDF Format; Length: 1 page)
Source: Sustainable Hospitals Project
Abstract: This website contains several resources on mercury free alternatives, best management practices, recycling sites and more.
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Abstract: Includes information on all aspects of mercury in health care settings including best management practices for products containing mercury.
Source: Sustainable Hospitals/Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Mercury Reduction Programs Database
Abstract: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials? Association (NEWMOA), a searchable database that includes descriptions of mercury reduction programs underway around the U.S. Each profile provides a brief description of the project, its title, a list of products affected, program results, sources of funding, and contact information. The database may be searched by state, program title or agency. An online form is available for submission of information on programs not currently included in the database.
Mercury Use Reduction & Waste Prevention in Medical Facilities
Abstract: This is an interactive environmental education software program developed jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Purdue University to provide information on the proper handling and disposal of mercury wastes produced by medical facilities. Copyright 1996 by Purdue Research Foundation, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907. All Rights Reserved.
Source: U.S. EPA & Purdue University
OSHA Hospital eTool: Mercury
Abstract: This portion of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Hospital eTool addresses mercury. It outlines potential hazards, health effects of both acute and chronic exposure, possible solutions, OSHA requirements, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommendations.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor OSHA
Replacing Mercury in Healthcare Facilities--A Step-by-Step Approach
Abstract: This H2E guide provides 10 steps for reducing mercury in healthcare facilities.
Source: Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)
Specifying and Sourcing Mercury-Free HVAC and Building Equipment [PDF]
Abstract: This ?Purchasing for Pollution Prevention? fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. provides information on mercury in building and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment. Includes information on mercury-free alternatives and sources for those alternatives, as well as how to deal with mercury components during renovation or demolition. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages).
Source: INFORM, Inc.
The PBT Profiler
Abstract: Designed to be an easy to use, widely available, no-cost tool to screen chemicals lacking experimental data in order to help identify pollution prevention (P2) opportunities. Use to identify persistent bioaccumulative toxic chemicals.
Source: U.S. EPA
U.S. EPA Safe Mercury Management Program
Abstract: The objective of this web site is to provide comprehensive, accurate, up-to-date information and easy access to web-based resources relating to the management of mercury-containing products and wastes. The site features links to more than 200 state, local, federal and non-governmental organizations and provides information for the general public, regulatory officials, industry and environmental professionals. It also provides technical assistance and information transfer for cleanup of mercury products and wastes.
Source: U.S. EPA