Home Health Best practices for environmental health : environmental pollution, protection, quality and sustainability
SUB-PROBLEMS INCLUDING LEADING TO IMPAIRMENT AND BEST PRACTICES FOR POTENTIAL HAZARDS EXTERNAL TO THE FACILITY
Hospitals produce air pollutants from medical waste incinerators, boilers, sterilization units, paint booths, emergency generators, anesthetic use, air conditioning and refrigeration, laboratory chemicals and fume hoods, motor vehicles, etc. These pollutants consist of volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, and hazardous air pollutants. Most of the on-site medical and infectious waste incinerators have been eliminated due to federal rules and regulations. This means that commercial units using remote sites are carrying out this function. Industrial boilers which are common in hospitals may also produce sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and particulates. When hospital waste is burnt either on site or at special incinerators, it can produce additional pollutants such as hydrochloric acid, dioxins, furans, lead, cadmium, mercury, etc.
Best Practices in Controlling Air Emissions
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