Boston Medical Center’s Path to Going Carbon Neutral

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Boston Medical Center is on pace to become the first hospital in New England to go carbon neutral upon completion of its building redesign in 2018.  A major contributing factor to this significant milestone is a new rooftop farm built on top of its power plant.  This 7,000 square- foot farm produced approximately 15,000 pounds of produce this growing season, …

Health Systems Come Together at the Conference on Climate Change

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Health system representatives from 16 countries have come together at the United Nation’s Conference on Climate Change in Paris this week to announce a number of commitments and actions to reduce carbon emissions in the healthcare industry. More than 50 health systems, representing over 8,200 hospitals, have come to the conference to join the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge. The …

Proposed Standards for Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste

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Early this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule. The proposed rule would apply to both healthcare facilities (including pharmacies) and reverse distributors. Previously, hazardous pharmaceutical waste at these facilities was managed under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), along with all other hazardous waste generators. The EPA has given three …

New Disposal Option for Pharmaceutical Waste

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that they are in the process of developing a proposal to establish standards for the management and disposal of hazardous pharmaceutical waste. We can hopefully expect this proposal in 2015.  In the meantime, generators of hazardous pharmaceutical waste must follow the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) standards.  A new process has been …

Exercise Effective Oversight during Construction/Remodeling

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This is the final post in our 4-part blog series for the healthcare industry. To view part one, click here, part two, click here, and part three, click here. Construction and remodeling projects at hospitals and other healthcare facilities open the doors to a wide variety of challenges in maintaining indoor air quality, especially if the project is adjacent to occupied areas. …

Effective EPA Compliance for Healthcare

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This is the third post in our 4-part blog series for the healthcare industry. To view part one, click here and part two, click here. We help our clients meet the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and we also help them implement sustainable practices that not only meet, but exceed EPA compliance. Here are some issues many clients face: Air …

Discovering Potential Pitfalls in Healthcare Facilities

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People enter a hospital or continuing care facility to get well, and every facility does its best to make that happen. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, one in 25 patients contracts a hospital-related infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, medical personnel are exposed to infectious diseases and injuries from medical equipment, poor ergonomic …

Environmental Solutions Network – Our New LinkedIn Group

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We have just started a new Group on LinkedIn. Environmental Solutions Network provides a forum for environmental managers and directors (and others interested in regulatory compliance and sustainability) to exchange ideas, share best practices and get answers to questions around regulatory compliance and sustainability in the manufacturing, healthcare and higher education sectors.  We encourage the free exchange of suggestions related to …

Training Hospital First Responders on Hazardous Substance Exposure

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Healthcare workers experience a number of risks in the workplace. One such risk is occupational exposure to chemical, biological, or radiological materials when hospitals receive patients contaminated with these hazardous substances. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), first responders or receivers in these situations at hospitals include healthcare workers “who have a role in receiving and treating …

Do you dispose of pharmaceutical controlled substances?

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As part of the work that we do for the healthcare industry on pharmaceutical waste management, we track regulations related to controlled substances.  On September 8, 2014 the US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final rule on the disposal of controlled substances. The final rule will become effective on October 9, 2014. If your facility is …