New Resource- Plastics Toolkit for Hospitals
HCWH SE Asia has released a new resource, Mobilizing Health Care to Prevent Plastics Pollution: A Plastics Toolkit for Hospitals, as part of its Plastics in health care initiative.
This Toolkit is all about fighting plastic pollution in the health care setting. It reiterates the recommendations made in the earlier technical report, Plastics in Health care, Health Professionals as Advocates to Reduce Plastic Pollution. The Toolkit will aid in understanding and translating it into increased health care actions to reduce the harm caused by excessive plastic use in their facilities and strengthen health care professionals as advocates for national, regional and global action. The toolkit will become the main material to teach hospitals how to address plastic pollution in their facilities.
As a toolkit, it contains the following major elements: Information on life cycle hazards of different polymers, long term vision and short-term recommendations for action, how-to guide on the conduct of simplified plastics audit, guidance on how to reduce plastics within health care, outline of advocacy options within and beyond the healthcare sector, and compilation of available case studies on plastics from GGHH Network members both in Southeast Asia and beyond.
The sets of practical tools found here are meant to be applied on two key areas for hospitals to effectively deal with plastics pollution: first is how to conduct waste audits in health care facilities; and second is advocacy and engagement at two levels: policy inside the hospital, and policies that need promotion with the local or national governments. It also has a section on practical guidance and advice on how to deal with suppliers and manufacturers.