Mercury Reduction

How to Establish Mercury Pollution Prevention in Your Hospital

The process of establishing a mercury prevention program in your hospital consists of five steps:

  1. Get started
  2. Gather data
  3. Establish realistic goals and implementation plans
  4. Institute best management practices
  5. Measure, document, and advertise success

The following diagram shows the process in greater detail:

Steps to Establish Mercury Pollution Prevention in Your Hospital
Get support from the top    
Identify and involve staff    
Identify mercury sources ->
Evaluate current handling and disposal techniques
Evaluate current policies
Evaluate mercury product alternatives
Establish realistic goals and implementation policies    
Institute best management practices ->
Eliminate mercury-containing products
Make mercury pollution prevention easy
Establish purchasing policies
Educate staff
Measure success ->
Identify mercury sources
Evaluate current handling and disposal techniques
Evaluate current policies
Document reductions
Advertise success    

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