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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)
URL: http://www.h2e-online.org/pubs/selfasmt.pdf

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)
URL: http://www.h2e-online.org/docs/h2e10stepfluorescent121802.pd
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Health Care Without Harm: Mercury
Abstract: Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform the health care industry so it is no longer a source of environmental harm by eliminating pollution in health care practices without compromising safety or care. Site includes a section on mercury.
Source: Health Care Without Harm
URL: http://www.noharm.org/all_regions/issues/toxins/mercury/

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)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/publications/w-hw3-34.pdf

Mercury Elimination
Abstract: From the proceedings of the Setting Healthcare's Environmental Agenda conference of October 16, 2000. Gives good overview of mercury reduction in healthcare facilities.
Source: Institute for a Sustainable Future
URL: http://www.noharm.org/

Mercury Use: Dentists
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in dental offices, primarily amalgams.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/dentist.pdf

Mercury Use: Nursing Homes [PDF]
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in nursing homes.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/nursing.pdf

Mercury Use: Veterinary Clinics [PDF]
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in veterinary clinics.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/veterinary.PDF

Mercury-containing Lamps and EPA's Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. explains the U.S. EPA?s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP). The U.S. EPA has identified 40 toxic chemicals that can cause harm when products containing them are disposed of in landfills and the chemicals leach out. In order to determine the potential of specific wastes in a landfill to leach dangerous concentrations of toxic chemicals into groundwater, the EPA developed a protocol known as the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP). Products containing one or more of the listed toxins are assessed using the TCLP to estimate how much of their toxic contents would be released into landfill leachate under ordinary conditions. If the amount of a particular chemical released under test conditions exceeds regulatory limits, the waste qualifies as hazardous and must be handled according to regulations governing hazardous waste. Products that do not leach toxic materials at levels exceeding regulatory limits are termed TCLP-compliant. This fact sheet discusses the limitations of the TCLP, particularly in regards to mercury-containing lamps, and issues related to appropriate disposal of mercury-containing lamps. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
URL: http://www.informinc.org/fs_P3tclp.pdf

The Mercury Challenge Handbook: The Opportunity to Become a Mercury-Free Facility [PDF]
Abstract: Provides information on participating in the Mercury Challenge Program, a cooperative effort of Ohio EPA and the Ohio Hospital Association. Also outlines how to reduce and eliminate mercury from heathcare facilities, as well as where to go for information
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/16/15822.pdf

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/mercury/index.htm

 


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Hub Last Updated: 8/2/2012

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