Mercury-reduction Partnerships - Hospitals

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) are working together under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help hospitals prevent pollution and promote healthy communities. This MOU encourages hospitals to:

  • Eliminate mercury-containing products
  • Eliminate mercury waste
  • Reduce total solid waste
  • Minimize the use and production of Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) pollutants
  • Increase sustainable practices

Your hospital can be part of this effort to eliminate mercury and reduce waste by:

  • Following best management practices outlined in Ecology’s Hospital BMP Guide
  • Sign up as a H2E Partner for Change
  • Implement environmentally preferable purchasing policies to reduce hazardous substances

Ecology’s recent activities include:

Ecology won the 2006 Champion for Change Award from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) for technical assistance in Pollution Prevention and the development of the Best Management Practices for Hospital Waste.

Workshops and Seminars

No new workshops are scheduled at this time.

Proceedings from past Workshops and Seminars

Presentations are available here:

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Seminar—June 21, 2007
Spokane Hospital Waste Reduction Conference—September 19, 2006
Shoreline Hospital Waste Reduction Conference—October 24, 2006

Related information

Washington State Department of Ecology Mercury Chemical Action Plan is a copy of the Chemical Action Plan.
Pharmaceutical Waste Management offers guidance on how to handle pharmaceuticals.
Manage Dental Waste 
Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) – External Link