Hospitals and Pollution Prevention
OCAPP Hotline (800) 329-7518
Weekdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Healthier Hospitals Initiative
Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is a three-year initiative created by Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm, Center for Health Design and 13
sponsoring health systems. The purpose is to accelerate the adoption of environmental
health and sustainability practices throughout the health care sector in the
U.S. and Canada. HHI provides proven strategies, step-by-step guides and a
sharing community of hospitals - all at no cost. This initiative
- Reduce energy and waste
- Choose safer and less toxic products
- Provide healthier food options for purchase
Following the free enrollment, the facility will be orientated to the various learning opportunities and data submission details. While the initiative is free, enrollment is required to gain access to the how-to-guides, learning platforms and other resources. Ohio’s contact for the HHI is Lauren Kleinman. She can assist with webinar presentations,
answering questions and enrollment. For more information contact Lauren Kleinman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 330-962-8442.
The Mercury Challenge
The Ohio EPA and Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) signed a pollution prevention agreement in 1999 and have been working cooperatively to reduce hospital wastes since. The Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention has been working with the OHA to reduce the generation of hospital waste, including mercury, which hospitals commonly have in thermometers, blood pressure monitors and other equipment. A formal agreement between the two organizations was signed as part of Ohio Pollution Prevention Week, Sept. 20-24, 1999, initiating the Ohio Healthy Hospitals Pollution Prevention Initiative. Its based on a federal agreement signed by U.S. EPA and the American Hospital Association. The goal of the program is to provide tools to support hospitals' continued efforts to minimize the production of pollutants and reduce the amount of waste generated.