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Health and Safety Pollution Prevention in Hospitals.


PB2004105250

Publication Date 2003
Personal Author Quinn, M. M.
Page Count 64
Abstract Numerous initiatives and government, industry, labor and community-based partnerships have recently been established to foster pollution prevention in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. A major focus is to replace medical products, materials and work practices that generate pollution with those that are more environmentally-sound. Thus far, many of these pollution prevention initiatives are applied without considering their impact on workers, even though it is well-known that changes in materials and work practices can have significant health effects on occupational safety and health (OSH). Traditionally, occupational and environmental health and safety hazard assessments and interventions have been conducted separately. The purpose of this work was to develop an integrated approach to assess occupational and environmental health and safety in hospitals and use the approach to: (1) identify and implement effective intervention strategies to replace the use of conventional materials and products with more environmentally-sound, healthy and safe alternatives; and (2) to evaluate the impact of the alternatives on worker health and safety.
Keywords
  • Pollution prevention
  • Hospitals
  • Environmental protection
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Work environments
  • Health facilities
  • Intervention
  • Environmental impact
  • Medical wastes
  • Hazards
  • Assessments
  • Implementation
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Corporate Authors Massachusetts Univ. at Lowell. Dept. of Work Environment.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 200421
Health and Safety Pollution Prevention in Hospitals.
Health and Safety Pollution Prevention in Hospitals.
PB2004105250

  • Pollution prevention
  • Hospitals
  • Environmental protection
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Work environments
  • Health facilities
  • Intervention
  • Environmental impact
  • Medical wastes
  • Hazards
  • Assessments
  • Implementation
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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