Safer Chemicals

University Hospitals Health System | Healthy Interiors Goal

University Hospitals (UH) is committed to environmental sustainability and signed onto all six Challenges of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), including the Safer Chemicals Challenge.The Safer Chemicals Challenge includes a goal to reduce the use of furnishings containing polyvinyl chloride (PVC), halogenated flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds (PFC) and formaldehyde.

Spectrum Health | Green Cleaning Goal

Spectrum Health identified that many of the cleaning products used were harmful to patients, employees and the environment. In 2006, Butterworth and Blodgett evaluated existing chemicals used and transitioned to environmentally preferred cleaners. The outcome was a healthier work environment for staff, a healthier recovery environment for patients and reduced overall cleaning costs.


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Beaumont Health | DEHP/PVC Reduction

As a component of an application to apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for a new construction project, AAMC set a goal to achieve a 50 to 75 percent diversion rate of demolition and construction debris.


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My Spark by Vanessa Lochner and Gary Cohen

Vanessa Lochner, Kaiser Permanente, and Gary Cohen, Health Care Without Harm share what sparked their personal sustainability journey in health care.

My Spark by Gary Cohen

Gary Cohen, Health Care Without Harm, shares what sparked his personal sustainability journey in health care

My Spark by Gary Cohen

HH Business Case by Gary Cohen Founder HH, and President of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth

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HH Business Case by Timothy Jones CEO Northern Berkshire Healthcare

Kaiser Permanente | Supplier Partnership to Phaseout Halogenated Flame Retardants in Medical Furniture

Kaiser Permanente (KP) purchases medical furniture such as exam tables, chairs, and stools, and waiting room furniture from Midmark. In order to comply with the California technical bullletin (TB) 117, which requires a certain flame retardancy for upholstered furniture, Midmark, along with many other furniture manufacturers, utilized a group of chemicals known as halogenated flame retardants (HFR). HFRs are one of the groups of chemicals of concern that KP has been working diligently to eliminate from the products we buy (including electronic devices).

Kaiser Permanente | DEHP Minimization in Intravenous (IV) Administration Sets – California and Hawaii Regions

Kaiser Permanente continues to work in partnership with our suppliers to reduce the exposure of our patients to harmful chemicals like the plasticizer diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), an industrial chemical used in products from cosmetics to PVC medical plastics, as a solvent and softener. DEHP has been shown by the U.S. FDA, the U.S. National Toxicology Program, and other research organizations to have the potential to cause damage to the reproductive and developmental systems of fetuses and newborns. IV administration is a key point of exposure to DEHP. The sets are used for such purposes as administration of medication, IV solutions, parenteral nutrition, and drawing blood.

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