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Replacing Mercury at Hospitals

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is implementing an EPA Pollution Prevention Incentives for States (PPIS) grant to conduct Pollution Prevention (P2) technical assistance assessments at participating area hospitals. The purpose of the assessments is to identify opportunities to reduce hazardous, solid, and infectious "red bag" waste in hospitals. A primary focus of the audits in 2002 has been to identify the use of products and material that contain mercury and recommend less hazardous or non-toxic materials. The assessment teams have thus far recommended replacing mercury-containing blood pressure cuffs, fever and lab thermometers, measuring devices; and PVC-containing items, including feeding tubes, IV bags and tubing, transfusion devices, and patient I.D bracelets.

Project Contact
Name Judy Shope
Phone 617-292-5597
Project Keywords
Industrial Sectors Health Care and Hospitals
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 3, Fall 2002 [PDF]


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