This section provides a listing of individuals and organizations that you should consult first with your questions about pollution prevention related to mercury in health care settings.
For additional assistance, refer to the broader, alphabetical list of contacts in the "Where to Go for Help" section of this Topic Hub.
Health Care Without Harm:http://www.noharm.org/
HCWH Membership Services, 1901 North Moore Street, Suite 509, Arlington, VA 22209 USA
Ask for: Joe Wenger (Telephone: 703-243-0056; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E):http://www.h2e-online.org/
P.O. Box 53315, Washington, District of Columbia 20009 USA
Telephone: 603-643-6700; E-mail: H2E@H2E-online.org
The primary goal of the H2E effort is to provide AHA institutional and professional members as well as other health care professionals technical information, education and practical strategies relating to pollution prevention opportunities that exist with respect to waste generated by hospitals and healthcare systems. Through activities, such as the development of best practices, model plans for total waste management, resource directories, and case studies, the project hopes to provide hospitals and healthcare systems with enhanced tools for minimizing the volumes of waste generated and the production of persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic pollutants. Such reductions are beneficial to the environment and health of our communities. Furthermore, improved waste management practices will reduce the waste disposal costs incurred by the health care industry.
The Nightingale Institute for Health and the Environment (NIHE):http://www.nihe.org/
P.O. Box 1258, Burlington, Vermont 05402 USA
The Nightingale Institute for Health and the Environment assists healthcare professionals to recognize the inextricable link between human health and environmental health and their role in creating the change in practice needed to improve the health of humans and the environment.
Sustainable Hospitals Project (SHP):http://www.sustainablehospitals.org/cgi-bin/DB_Index.cgi
Kitson 200, One University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854 USA
Telephone: 978-934-3386; E-mail: email@example.com
Ask for: Catherine Galligan (Telephone: 978-934-3386)
The SHP provides assistance to the healthcare industry in reducing environmental and occupational hazards while keeping costs down and maintaining the quality of patient care.
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/mercury/mercury.html
200 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C., 20210 USA
Telephone: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
Women?s Health and Environmental Network (WHEN):http://www.when.org/mercury.html
704 N. 23rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19130 USA
Telephone: 215-763-0298; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN is a coalition of organizations dedicated to increasing awareness and directing actions that reduce the toxic risks to environmental contaminants. WHEN champions the health of women and their families through a toxin-free, clean environment. WHEN advocates a responsibility for the stewardship of human health and the planet to protect against contamination from chemicals, pesticides, and toxic waste through education, research, and direct action. WHEN?s Mercury-free Philly Campaign aims to reduce the risk of exposure from mercury to women in childbearing years and their children. WHEN implements the Campaign through mercury thermometer exchanges, mercury audits in health care facilities and promoting the elimination of mercury in health care and medical devices.
U.S. EPA Region 5 Toxics Reduction Team:http://www.epa.gov/toxteam/
77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604 USA
Ask for: Dan Hopkins (Telephone: 312-886-5994; E-mail: email@example.com)
The Region 5 Toxics Reduction Team (TRT) brings together key professional staff from throughout the organization to prioritize toxic chemicals that are persistent and that can bioaccumulate through the food chain, such as lead, mercury and PCBs.
Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR):http://www.glrppr.org/
One Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA
Telephone: 800-407-0261; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask for: Bob Iverson (Telephone: 217-333-8946; E-mail: email@example.com)
GLRPPR is a professional organization dedicated to promoting information exchange and networking to pollution prevention (P2) professionals in the Great Lakes regions of the United States and Canada. GLRPPR developed and maintains the Mercury-Health Care Topic Hub, and provides further information on mercury and other pollution prevention topics of interest in the sector resource section of its web site.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pollution Prevention:http://www.epa.state.il.us/p2/
P.O. Box 19276, Springfield, IL 62794-9276 USA
Ask for: Chris Puccini (Telephone: 847-294-4000; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The mission of the Office of Pollution Prevention (OPP) is to promote pollution prevention (P2) as the preferred strategy for environmental protection. OPP conducts technical assistance and educational outreach to help facilities convert to less polluting raw materials, improve housekeeping practices and increase process efficiency.
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC):http://www.istc.illinois.edu/
One Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA
Ask for: Malcolm Boyle (Telephone: 630-472-5028; E-mail: email@example.com) or Mike Springman (Telephone: 618-761-3632; E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org)
ISTC assists Illinois industries, businesses, and citizens to reduce and manage waste. ISTC is a non-regulatory division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and is affiliated with the University of Illinois.
700 Commerce Drive, Suite 100, Oak Brook, IL 60523 USA
An alliance of not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems, Premier helps healthcare organizations achieve high levels of clinical quality and financial performance. Premier offers solutions in three areas where quality and financial performance are intimately linked: The healthcare supply chain; performance measurement and improvement; and insurance and risk management.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Compliance and Technical Assistance Program (CTAP):http://www.in.gov/idem/ctap/hospitals/index.html#mercury
P.O. Box 6015, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6015 USA
Telephone: 1-800-451-6027; E-mail: email@example.com
Ask for: Kristin Brier (Telephone: 800-988-7901 or 317-234-2754; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Compliance and Technical Assistance Program provides confidential compliance assistance to hospitals on air, water, solid waste, and hazardous waste issues.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Environmental Science and Services Division:http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3307_29693_4175---,00.html
P.O. Box 30487, Lansing MI 48909-7857 USA
Ask for: Steven Kratzer (Telephone: 517-373-0939; E-mail: email@example.com)
The Environmental Science and Services Division oversees a range of assistance and information activities. Technical assistance staff members provide pollution prevention/recycling assistance, regulatory compliance, permit coordination, community redevelopment, water and wastewater operator training, and clean air assistance.
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA):http://www.moea.state.mn.us/berc/mercury.cfm
520 Lafayette Rd., North Floor 2, St. Paul, MN 55155-4100 USA
The Office of Environmental Assistance seeks to help make Minnesota environmentally healthy and economically strong through efficient resource use, responsible management of waste, pollution prevention and sustainable practices. The OEA does not regulate or enforce environmental laws?it is a service organization that helps businesses, local governments, schools, community organizations and individual citizens solve environmental problems.
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP):http://www.mntap.umn.edu/
University of Minnesota Gateway, 200 Oak St., Suite 350, Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA
Ask for: Catherine Zimmer (Telephone: 612-624-4635; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that maximize resource efficiency, prevent pollution and reduce costs and energy use.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Pollution Prevention Unit:http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/817.html
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750 USA
Telephone: 518-402-9469; Fax: 518-402-9168
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has three main functions: natural resource management, environmental quality protection and the promotion of public health, safety and recreation. DEC protects, improves and conserves the State's land, water, air, fish, wildlife and other resources to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people and their overall economic and social well-being.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP):http://www.epa.state.oh.us/ocapp/ocapp.html
Lazarus Government Center, 122 S. Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215 USA
Telephone: 614-644-3469; E-mail: email@example.com
Ask for: Bill Narotski (Telephone: 614-728-1264; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) provides compliance and pollution prevention assistance on environmental issues related to air, land and water. See the Ohio EPA web site for information on the Ohio Mercury Reduction Group: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/mercury_pbt/omrg.html. The Ohio Mercury Reduction Group works to reduce the use, release, and emission of mercury in Ohio, to evaluate relevant departmental mercury programs and regulations, collect and assess data, promote the use of mercury alternatives and the collection of retired mercury and products, and educate industry, government and the general public on ways to reduce the sources of mercury in Ohio.
Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2): http://www.c2p2online.com/
100 Charlotte St., Sarnia, Ontario N7T 4R2 Canada
Telephone: 1-800-667-9790; E-mail: email@example.com
A recognized leader in pollution prevention, the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2) encourages actions that avoid or minimize the creation of pollution and waste ? pollution prevention (P2) ? actions that foster a healthier environment and a sustainable society.
Environment Canada Ontario Regional Office:http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/
4905 Dufferin Street, Downsview, Ontario M3H 5T4 Canada
Telephone: 800-668-6767; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Environment Canada is a science-based government department whose goal is to help make sustainable development a reality in Canada.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP):http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/pollprev/mercury/thermometer.htm
P.O. Box 8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772 USA
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Office of Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance has been conducting Pollution Prevention/Energy Efficiency (P2/E2) site visits at businesses and industries across the Commonwealth that are free of charge since 1995.
SHWEC?University of Wisconsin Extension Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center:http://www.uwex.edu/shwec/
610 Langdon St., Rm. 529, Madison, WI 53703 USA
Telephone: 608-262-0385; E-mail: email@example.com
Ask for: Steve Brachman (Telephone: 414-227-3160; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The UW-Extension Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) provides waste reduction services to waste generators in Wisconsin. SHWEC specialists work in collaboration with county extension agents to: improve compliance with environmental regulations, promote the benefits of source reduction, recycling and pollution prevention strategies, encourage municipal integrated solid waste planning and implementation, support utilization of recycled materials and compost, and provide solid & hazardous waste educational support to state agencies, local governments, and other organizations.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Bureau of Cooperative Environmental Assistance:http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/cea/
101 S. Webster Street, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707 USA
Telephone: 608-267-3125; E-mail: CEA@dnr.state.wi.us
Ask for: Randy Case (Telephone: 608-267-7639; E-mail: Charles.Case@dnr.state.wi.us) or Aidan Reilly (Telephone: 608-266-1962; E-mail: email@example.com)
The bureau helps businesses and communities develop innovative, flexible programs that exceed current standards for preventing pollution and minimizing waste.