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Dentist Offices & Mercury
Abstract: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), is among the Wisconsin DNR, UW-Extension, Wisconsin Dental Association and member components, and other publicly owned wastewater treatment works working together in The Wisconsin Dental Mercury Pollution Prevention Program. This program is intended to reduce the mercury discharge from dental offices. Site includes general information about reducing discharges of mercury from dental offices, a guide booklet on amalgam management, an amalgam separator installation schedule report, and a link to the text of relevant rules.
Source: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
URL: http://v3.mmsd.com/dentistofficesmercury.aspx

Eliminating Mercury in Hospitals: Environmental Best Practices for Health Care Facilities [PDF]
Abstract: Comprehensive factsheet including info. on environmental effects of mercury, exposure pathways, industrial sources, case studies & reduction strategies for health care facilities. Cost & efficacy comparisons for sphygmomanometers & thermometers.
Source: U.S. EPA Region 9 Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/wpie/HealthCare/EPAHgInHosp.pdf

Environmental Law and Policy Center: Stop Mercury Pollution Now!
Abstract: This portion of the Environmental Law and Policy Center web site provides details on Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's Mercury Pollution Reduction Plan, which proposes standards to require coal fired power plants to reduce mercury pollution by 90% or more by June 30, 2009. This site also provides details on a coalition of public health and environmental leaders supporting the Governor's pollution reduction plan and links to additional information.
Source: Environmental Law and Policy Center
URL: http://www.stopmercurypollution.org/

Health Care Without Harm: Mercury
Abstract: Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform the health care industry so it is no longer a source of environmental harm by eliminating pollution in health care practices without compromising safety or care. Site includes a section on mercury.
Source: Health Care Without Harm
URL: http://www.noharm.org/all_regions/issues/toxins/mercury/

Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)
Abstract: Cooperative effort between the American Hospital Association and EPA with goal of virtual mercury elimination by 2005. Site includes information on mercury, waste reduction, chemicals/P2, green buildings, green purchasing, and other tools.
Source: American Hospital Association
URL: http://cms.h2e-online.org/about/

Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database
Abstract: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials? Association (NEWMOA), this database presents information submitted to IMERC on the amount and purpose of mercury in consumer products. The database is intended to inform consumers, recyclers, policy makers and others about: products that contain intentionally-added mercury; the amount of mercury in a specific product; the amount of mercury in a specific product line sold in the U.S. in a given year; and manufacturers of mercury added products. The information in this database was submitted to IMERC by or on behalf of product manufacturers in compliance with laws in the states of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The database may be searched by sector, product category, manufacturer or amount of mercury content.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc.cfm

Main Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Pollution Prevention Agreement
Abstract: Every hospital in Maine has signed a landmark agreement with the state?s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and environmental groups to significantly reduce or eliminate use of products that contribute to the release or mercury and dioxin to Maine?s environment. This is the text of the pollution prevention agreement between the Maine DEP and the Maine Hospital Association.
Source: Maine Department of Environmental Protection
URL: http://www.maine.gov/dep/ppagree.htm

Mercury Elimination
Abstract: From the proceedings of the Setting Healthcare's Environmental Agenda conference of October 16, 2000. Gives good overview of mercury reduction in healthcare facilities.
Source: Institute for a Sustainable Future
URL: http://www.noharm.org/

Mercury in Health Care Lab Reagents
Abstract: This fact sheet provides steps to identify mercury in lab reagents, a list of potential mercury containing reagents, and a list of brand specific potential mercury-containing lab reagents. Also available at this web page in PDF format (Length: 8 pages)
Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
URL: http://mntap.umn.edu/health/92-Mercury.htm

Mercury in Medical Facilities
Abstract: Teaches health care professionals about the hazards of mercury as commonly used in health care facilities, especially hospitals and clinics.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National Program Office
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Mercury Reduction
Abstract: Includes information on all aspects of mercury in health care settings including best management practices for products containing mercury.
Source: Sustainable Hospitals/Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
URL: http://www.sustainablehospitals.org/HTMLSrc/IP_Mercury.html

Mercury Reduction at Healthcare Facilities
Abstract: In 1999, The NH Department of Environmental Services Pollution Prevention Program partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the NH Hospital Association's Foundation for Healthy Communities to promote the reduction of mercury in health care facilities. This page provides the results of this project and information on the dangers of mercury, sources of mercury in healthcare facilities, and tips for reducing mercury in healthcare facilities.
Source: New Hamshire Department of Environmental Services Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/p2au/pps/hs/pphf
p/mercury_reduction.htm

Mercury Reduction Programs Database
Abstract: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials? Association (NEWMOA), a searchable database that includes descriptions of mercury reduction programs underway around the U.S. Each profile provides a brief description of the project, its title, a list of products affected, program results, sources of funding, and contact information. The database may be searched by state, program title or agency. An online form is available for submission of information on programs not currently included in the database.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/programs/

Mercury Use: Dentists
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in dental offices, primarily amalgams.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/dentist.pdf

Mercury Use: Hospitals and Clinics [PDF]
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in hospitals and clinics.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/hospital.pdf

Mercury Use: Nursing Homes [PDF]
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in nursing homes.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/nursing.pdf

Mercury Use: Veterinary Clinics [PDF]
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in veterinary clinics.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/veterinary.PDF

Mercury-Free Pharmacies
Abstract: This portion of the Health Care Without Harm web site lists pharmacies throughout the United States that have phased out the manufacture, distribution and sale of mercury-containing devices.
Source: Health Care Without Harm
URL: http://www.noharm.org/us/mercury/mercuryFree

Reducing Mercury Use in Healthcare: Promoting a Healthier Environment: A How-to Manual
Abstract: The purpose of this manual is to help hospitals start mercury pollution prevention programs or accelerate programs that have already begun.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National Program Office
URL: http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/bnsdocs/merchealth/

Replacing Mercury in Healthcare Facilities--A Step-by-Step Approach
Abstract: This H2E guide provides 10 steps for reducing mercury in healthcare facilities.
Source: Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)
URL: http://www.h2e-online.org/hazmat/mercguide.html

The Mercury Challenge Handbook: The Opportunity to Become a Mercury-Free Facility [PDF]
Abstract: Provides information on participating in the Mercury Challenge Program, a cooperative effort of Ohio EPA and the Ohio Hospital Association. Also outlines how to reduce and eliminate mercury from heathcare facilities, as well as where to go for information
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/16/15822.pdf

Wisconsin Mercury SourceBook: Section Two (Developing a Mercury Minimization Plan) [PDF]
Abstract: Provides detailed steps in helping communities draft a comprehensive community mercury reduction plan.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/section2.pdf

 


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