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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

Guidelines for Mercury-Containing Fever Thermometer Exchanges (Indiana) [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet provides guidelines for holding a successful mercury thermometer exchange event in Indiana. Includes IDEM contact information for additional assistance. (PDF Format; Length: 1 page)
Source: Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
URL: http://www.in.gov/idem/files/mercury_exchange_guidelines.pdf

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
Abstract: From MedlinePlus, a very good compilation of links relating to mercury.
Source: National Library of Medicine
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mercury.html

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 Eye Surgery Settings [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet provides suggestions for facilities that still have mercury intraocular pressure reducers?little bags of mercury used as weights to apply pressure to the eye prior to cataract surgery. While these devices are no longer commercially available and the practice is largely obsolete, many facilities may still have these devices. (PDF Format; Length: 1 page)
Source: Sustainable Hospitals Project
URL: http://www.sustainablehospitals.org/PDF/Hg_in_Eye_Surgery.pd
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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 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 Spills:How Much Do They Cost? [PDF]
Abstract: The true costs of mercury spills are not well documented and tend to be anecdotal. This fact sheet provides references and excerpts from those references to help estimate the potential cost of various types of mercury spills that may occur in a health care setting. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Sustainable Hospitals Project
URL: http://www.sustainablehospitals.org/PDF/IP_spills_cost.pdf

Mercury Use in Measuring Devices [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet summarizes the use of mercury in products that measure physical data, such as temperature, pressure, or humidity. It is based on data obtained only from the Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database. The measuring devices using mercury that are included in this fact sheet are barometers, hydrometers, manometers, psychrometers, sphygmomanometers, strain gauges and thermometers. These devices must use mercury in its elemental form to be included in this fact sheet. Measuring devices that contain mercury solely from the use of a button cell battery are excluded. Thermostats are covered in a separate fact sheet. (PDF Format; Length: 5 pages)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/FactSheets/me
asuring_devices.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

Nearly Everything You Need to Know About Mercury Fever Thermometer Exchanges
Abstract: This portion of the Northeast Waste Management Officials? Association (NEWMOA) web site provides guidance for planning, promoting and conducting a mercury fever thermometer exchange event.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://v3.mmsd.com/DentistOfficesMercury.aspx

Online Mercury Products Photo Database
Abstract: Cuoco & Cormier Engineering has been hired by a Massachusetts solid waste incinerator to perform a mercury survey of schools in their service area. The intent of this effort is to identify and recover mercury bearing products as well as to promote the proper management of universal waste. This online database contains photographs of common mercury bearing products that the company's staff has identified in schools, office buildings and manufacturing facilities. Images may be useful in training facility managers to identify mercury-containing products.
Source: Cuoco &Cormier Engineering Associates, Inc.
URL: http://www.cuocoandcormier.com/Environmental-mercuryrecovery
.shtml

OSHA Hospital eTool: Mercury
Abstract: This portion of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Hospital eTool addresses mercury. It outlines potential hazards, health effects of both acute and chronic exposure, possible solutions, OSHA requirements, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommendations.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor OSHA
URL: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/mercury/mer
cury.html

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

State Government Regulations:2005 Legislation: Eliminating Mercury in Health Care Setting
Abstract: This portion of the American Nurses Association web site provides an overview of legislation related to the elimination of mercury in health care devices in the United States for 2005. A map of the U.S. is provided, showing where such legislation has been introduced or enacted in 2005, and where such legislation has been enacted in prior years.
Source: American Nurses Association (ANA)
URL: http://www.nursingworld.org/gova/state/2005/mercury.htm

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

U.S. EPA Mercury Portal
Abstract: This mercury site provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family. The site includes collections of information specifically geared toward consumers, parents, schools, health care providers, and business and industry. The site may also be viewed in Spanish.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/

 


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