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Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)
H2E is a joint project of the American Hospital Association, the U.S. EPA, Health Care Without Harm and the American Nurses Association. Various state and local resources also have joined the effort to help health care facilities achieve the goals outlined in H2E.
Sustainable Hospitals Program (SHP) is part of The Lowell Center for Sustainable Produc- tion. SHP is located within the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Department of Work Environ- ment. SHP provides technical support to the healthcare industry for selecting products and work practices that reduce occupational and environmental hazards, maintain quality patient care and contain costs.
To recycle formaldehyde waste, Albany Medical College purchased a five-gallon unit for $10,000. From 1995-2004, they recycled 40,000 gallons of formaldehyde and saved $327,000 ($185,000 in disposal costs and $142,000 in chemical purchasing costs).
Ohio EPA resources:
Ohio EPA has free online P2 training designed for lab managers/staff or environmental staff who inspect or audit lab facilities. It addresses all types of labs such as commercial testing labs, academic teaching facilities (middle and high schools, universities and colleges), manufacturing facility Quality Assurance/ Quality Control (QA/QC), treatment, storage and disposal facility labs and hospital and medical labs.
OCAPP has developed a P2 checklist for labs. The checklist contains suggestions for substi- tuting materials; purchasing and inventory control; improving process efficiency; recovery, reuse and recycling; and implementing innovative alternatives.
Managing Hazardous Waste Generated in Laboratories, Ohio EPA Division of Hazardous Waste Management (DHWM) Fact Sheet, January 2005 at: www.epa.state.oh.us/dhwm/pdf/ ManagingHazardousWasteFromLaboratories.pdf.
DHWM’s reference list on Laboratories at: www.epa.state.oh.us/dhwm/guidancedocs.html# labs.
If you have additional questions or would like other advice about how to generate less hazardous waste, please contact your district office inspector. To learn more about pollution prevention visit OCAPP’s Web site.
Less is Better Guide to Minimizing Waste in Laboratories, 9 pp, American Chemical Society, updated in 2002. membership.acs.org/c/ccs/pubs/less_is_better.pdf.
Case Studies: Fort Bliss, TX, U.S. Army Hazmart Case Study: aec.army.mil/usaec/support/p203.html.
Bemidji State University: mntap.umn.edu/intern/projects/BSU.htm.
Albany Medical College Case Study: www.sustainablehospitals.org/cgi-bin/DB_Report.cgi?px=W&rpt=Subcat&id=18!21.
U.S. EPA enforcement information on university labs: www.epa.gov/Compliance/resources/ newsletters/civil/enfalert/labalert.pdf.