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In 2009, UHN's Energy and Environment Department continued the process of implementing its strategic plan started in October 2008. The strategy builds upon the notion of creating an environmental ethic at UHN, with key initiatives designed to enhance the support and leadership provided by the Energy and Environment Department.
Biomedical Waste Program
A significant risk for UHN is the potential for cross contamination between biomedical and other waste streams, which poses a health and safety risk to patients, staff and visitors and could potentially lead to large fines and operating cost increases for the Hospital.
Highlights in 2009:
A decrease in the number of biomedical waste incidents reported per tonne of biomedical waste disposedat TGH and PMH between 2008 and 2009, with a large increase at TWH over the same time period.
Key areas of focus for 2010:
Chemical Handling and Disposal Program
The main concerns surrounding the use of chemicals throughout UHN are the potential for occupational exposure as well as the environmental and human health effects of disposal and emissions.
Elimination of mercury containing reagents used by the Laboratory Medicine Program.
Implementation of new procedures to better capture pharmaceutical waste generated at the patient bedside;
On-going monitoring and preparation to ensure compliance with the City of Toronto's Environmental Reporting and Disclosure bylaw.
Energy and Water Conservation Program
The consumption of energy and water by UHN continues to have the largest direct environmental impact of all of the Hospital's activities — over 66,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents were emitted as a result of the UHN's energy consumption during 2009, significantly more than the approximately 3,600 metric tonnes of non-hazardous waste disposed over the same period.
Waste Reduction and Recycling ProgramWith almost 22,000 pounds of nonhazardous waste being generated each day by the University Health Network throughout 2009, the cumulative effect on the environment is significant.