For health care workers - greener hospitals
9/13/2005 08:33:00 PM | Author: baloghblog
from sustainablog comments from Joe:

http://hcwh.org

Health Care Without Harm is an international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental and environmental health organizations and religious groups. Find out how to JOIN THE CAMPAIGN.

Mission:

To transform the health care industry worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment.

Goals:

1. To work with a wide range of constituencies for an ecologically sustainable health care system;
2. To promote policies, practices and laws that eliminate incineration of medical waste, minimize the amount and toxicity of all waste generated, and promote the use of safer materials and treatment practices;
3. To phase out the use of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastics and persistent toxic chemicals in health care and to build momentum for a broader PVC phase out campaign;
4. To phase out the use of mercury in all aspects of the health care industry;
5. To develop health-based standards for medical waste management and to recognize and implement the public’s right to know about chemical use in the health care industry;
6. To develop just siting and transportation guidelines that conform to the principles of environmental justice: No communities should be poisoned by medical waste treatment and disposal;
7. To develop an effective collaboration and communication structure among campaign allies.
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1 comments:

On 2:09 AM , Blue Cross of California said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system. Health insurance is a major aspect to many.