Hospitals for a Healthy Environment™ (H2E)
What is H2E?
H2E, also known as Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, was jointly founded by:
- The American Hospital Association(AHA)
- The American Nurses Association(ANA)
- Health Care Without Harm
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)
The main purpose is to help health care facilities reduce their environmental impact while saving money and reducing liabilities.
Not all medical waste is hazardous.
- 89% of hospital waste is solid waste (trash)
- 10 to 15% of hosptial waste is biohazard waste(sharps, red bag waste)
- 5% or less is hazardous waste (chemicals, solvents, mercury)
Research shows that institutions that reduced the volume of regulated waste saved 40-70% on waste disposal.
Common hazardous materials found in healthcare facilitied include:
- Cleaning chemicals
- Laboratory chemicals
Common hazardous waste found in healthcare facilitied include:
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Painting supplies
PVC or vinyl plastic is the most widely used plastic in medical devices. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, produces dioxin (a known human carcinogen) when manufactured or incinerated as chlorinated plastics. DHEP, a phylate used to soften PVC plastic, can leech from medical devices and is linked to reproductive birth defects and other illnesses.
For more information please visit the H2E website at: http://www.h2e-online.org/