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. University Hospitals was able to report that 71 percent of target furnishings purchased in 2014 contained safer alternatives through collaboration with suppliers to develop an internal “healthy furniture” catalog and to simplify purchasing processes for UH employees in order to institutionalize the goal.

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