On October 27 GGHH launched its Chemicals guidance document, an exciting new resource exclusive for the members of the network.  Developed by sustainability experts, this guide is  designed to support health care institutions in addressing the most pressing challenges they face related to hazardous chemical use.

The health care sector is one of the largest consumers of chemicals and materials, some of which are well documented to pose serious threats to health and the environment. Although the sector’s mission is to protect human health, these harmful chemicals and materials can contribute to the burden of disease and threaten ecological systems on which we depend for life and health.

The GGHH chemicals guidance includes tools and best practices for the identification and labeling of chemicals, the identification of safer alternatives for substitution, and a comprehensive list of priority chemicals and materials of concern in health care, as well as guidelines on how to handle or replace them. It provides strategies, tools, and real-world examples focused on protecting the health of patients, staff, visitors, and the community. 

Members of the GGHH network have exclusive access to the Chemicals Guidance document, available on GGHH Connect. Not a member yet? Join the GGHH network for free, and receive access to our suite of sustainable health care tools and resources

If you missed the launch on October 27, you can find the recording here. Spanish subtitles are available.

 

About the GGHH guidance document series

The guidance documents are designed as interconnected pieces of a larger framework that includes action items in the GGHH agenda, self-assessment checklists, benchmarking tools, associated case studies and resources, and tools to help members measure progress over time.

These documents are available to members via GGHH Connect and downloadable in PDF format. They are meant to be participatory, living documents. GGHH seeks feedback and suggestions for actions, examples, case studies, and links so guidance evolves based on the experience and input of our members.