Pollution Prevention for Home Healthcare Facilities
In 2003, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Pollution Prevention Program (NHPPP) partnered with the Home Care Association of NH to promote the reduction of mercury at home care facilities. Through this partnership, NHPPP has created outreach documents for the home health care facilities and for their patients. Home health care facilities should eliminate or reduce their use of mercury wherever possible. Proper management reduces the amount of mercury going into the trash and/or incinerated, and reduces the amount of mercury waste that needs to be properly disposed. If mercury is spilled in the facility a careful and prompt cleanup of the spill by the clinician or patient minimizes exposure to the home’s occupants and to the environment.
Many things can be done at the facility to create a safe and healthy environment such as environmentally preferable purchasing, proper disposal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products and following guidelines for consumption on fish.
- NHDES Pollution Prevention Program
29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
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NH Department of Environmental Services | 29 Hazen Drive | PO Box 95 | Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-3503 | TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964 | Hours: M-F, 8am-4pm