Measure, Document, and Advertise Success
Measurement of success is a vital component of pollution prevention that allows the hospital staff and the community to realize the effectiveness of the program. Start by repeating the mercury source identification that was done at the beginning of the program. If it is not practical to repeat every measurement, select a few good indicators from the table to track from year to year. If possible, take wastewater samples or have them taken by an independent testing laboratory so that the total mercury discharge can be calculated and compared with the baseline assessment.
Note the sources and quantities of mercury that have been eliminated. Compute the costs or savings to the hospital of the substitution of mercury-free products purchased since the baseline assessment. Quantify and document new policies or changes to former policies since the baseline assessment if they are related to mercury pollution prevention.
The hospital should realize a reduction in:
Document the reductions and prepare periodic progress reports about your mercury pollution prevention achievements.
List entities inside and outside of the hospital who should share in the good news of your success. Develop a communication plan that includes both formal reports and informal updates on progress.