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NYU Langone: Contracting Purchasing (2016)

  • Waste
  • Chemicals
  • Exemplary Document
  • Hazardous and universal waste
  • Policy
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
NYU Langone Medical Center provides an example of a safety policy on the proper management and disposal of hazardous waste from contractors involved in construction and building maintenance. The purpose of this policy is to protect human health and the environment and to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.   View this resource to read the full policy from…

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NYU Langone: Mercury Policies (2016)

  • Chemicals
  • Mercury
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Exemplary Document
  • Policy
In an effort to protect personnel and the environment, it is the policy of NYU Langone Medical Center to eliminate the use of mercury-containing products and equipment where safe, effective alternatives exist. The mercury elimination program requires that where no acceptable substitute is available, products containing mercury will be clearly labeled, inventoried, safely handled and properly…

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Pros and cons of specific sterilants and disinfectants

  • Chemicals
  • Sterilants and Disinfectants
  • Report
OSHA animal studies show that ethylene oxide (EtO) is a known carcinogen; it may cause leukemia and other cancers. Inhalation can cause nausea, vomiting, neurological disorders. In solution, EtO can severely irritate and burn the skin, eyes, and lungs and may damage the central nervous system, liver, and kidneys or cause cataracts. 

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Pros and cons of sterilization and disinfection

  • Chemicals
  • Sterilants and Disinfectants
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Green Cleaning
Here is a chart with some samples of pros and cons when considering sterilization and high-level disinfection options.

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Sample mercury elimination and management policy

  • Exemplary Document
  • Chemicals
  • Mercury
  • Policy
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for removing mercury‐containing equipment where safe, effective, mercury‐ free alternatives exist and ensuring the safe handling of remaining mercury‐containing chemicals and equipment.   

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Advocate Health Care design standard bulletin: Healthy interiors

  • Chemicals
  • Exemplary Document
  • Advocate Health Care
  • Healthy interiors
This exemplary document from Advocate Health Care demonstrates how this system achieved the Healthy Interiors goal:  “Effective immediately, purchases of freestanding furniture and medical furnishings for any Advocate capital or renovation project are to be specified without the intentional use of the following chemicals: halogenated fire retardants formaldehyde, perfluorinated compounds, and…

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Suggested integrated pest management RFP Questions

  • Chemicals
  • Tool
  • Integrated pest management
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a coordinated approach to pest management that seeks to prevent unacceptable levels of pests by prioritizing the most-effective means with the least possible hazard to building occupants, workers and the environment. This is a strategy focusing on long-term prevention and suppression of pest problems through a combination of practices such as structural,…

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Boston Medical Center: Mercury Inventory (2016)

  • Chemicals
  • Mercury
  • Exemplary Document
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Policy
View this resource to read a sample policy from Boston Medical on the elimination of mercury in the workplace, including potential sources and safe disposal.

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Ten-step guide to implementing an integrated pest management program

  • Chemicals
  • Guide
  • Integrated pest management
One of the most important responsibilities of any health care provider can be captured best by four wellknown words from the writings of Hippocrates: “First, do no harm.” Adhering to that maxim is intuitive and ethical, and in recent years has led to a variety of programs to improve not only the tools and techniques of modern medicine, but also the health care environment itself. One of the most…

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Integrated Pest Management

Broad EPP_Broad Chemicals Advocate 2016

  • Chemicals
  • Exemplary Document
  • Advocate Health Care
  • Policy
  • Guide
Advocate Health Care outlines their guiding aims, principles, and practices regarding the purchase and use of chemicals.

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