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Connecticut Hospital Outreach

Organization(s) Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The CT DEP Pollution Prevention (P2) Office recently became a "Hospitals for Healthy Environment (H2E) Champion." The responsibilities of an H2E Champion are to assist the organization in its goals to eliminate mercury, minimize waste, and reduce the use of persistent bioaccumulative toxic chemicals in health care facilities. The P2 Office will utilize the Connecticut Hospital Environmental Roundtable (CHER), created in April 2004 with Hartford Hospital, as a way to provide education and encourage information sharing among CT hospitals. For information on H2E visit http://www.h2e-online.org.

The P2 Office participated in the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) Environmental Policies Council seminar entitled "Health Care Facilities: Environmental Target 2005" on September 30, 2004 in Meriden, CT. Presentations were given on a case study from the EPA health care initiative in Region 2; why health care facilities should conduct an environmental audit from an attorney's point of view; and what to expect from an EPA inspection. The P2 Office discussed the tools available to help health care facilities reduce pollution and increase energy efficiency.

The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) and CHER co-sponsored a workshop entitled "Understanding RCRA and State Environmental Regulations: A Workshop for Hospitals" on November 9, 2004 at the CHA facility in Wallingford, CT. During the three-hour workshop, speakers from EPA, the DEP Waste Bureau, and the Albany Medical Center provided participants with information on RCRA "basics," CT's biomedical waste regulations, and how health care facilities can get ready for a RCRA inspection. In addition, H2E and the P2 Office presented information on the resources available to help health care facilities go beyond compliance to pollution prevention. Attendees were given before and after quizzes to assess the effectiveness of the workshop. Presentations for both hospital events can be found at http://www.dep.state.ct.us/wst/p2/institutions/healthcare.htm.

Project Contact
Name Nan Peckham
Phone 860-424-3357
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Health Care and Hospitals
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 15 No. 1, Winter 2005 [PDF]


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