HCWHHealth Care Without Harm (Washington, DC, USA)
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HCWH Europe aims to be a catalyst for sustainable healthcare solutions that encompass the principles of precaution and substitution while achieving sustainable procurement practices and reducing the environmental, toxic and carbon footprint of the European healthcare sector.
HCWH works to substitute harmful chemicals with safer alternatives and manage and properly dispose of pharmaceuticals so they do not become pollutants.
The Charlotte Brody Award was created in 1996 by HCWH in honor of Charlotte Brody, one of the founders of HCWH.
The HCWH report provides a step-by-step guide to help hospitals reduce problematic exposures.
What concerns HCWH [PO Box 6806, Falls Church, VA 22040, (703) 237-2249, www noharm.
For more information, contact Doris Cellarius, HCWH coordinator, at doris.
Ted Schettler, a primary care internist in East Boston and an HCWH charter member.
HCWH, H2E and the Computer Takeback Campaign have developed criteria that healthcare facilities can use to go beyond EPEAT to ensure that manufacturers are addressing emerging chemicals of concern and verified socially and environmentally sound end-of-life management.
The facilities eligible for the awards have taken the HCWH Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge, or met minimum eligibility requirements, and completed the HFHC Survey, from which facilities and individuals who meet the individual award criteria are chosen.
PSR, ANA and HCWH have joined the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign, a diverse and growing coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals united by concern about the toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work and in products used every day.
The HCWH coalition seeks to promote policies, practices and laws that eliminate incineration of medical wastes, minimize the impact of such generated wastes on the environment and to promote the utilization of safer materials and treatment methods.
For example, HCWH, the Environmental Working Group, and Coming Clean--all public interest groups--ran an ad in the 11 July 2002 NYT warning consumers about phthalates in beauty products such as perfume, nail polish, and deodorants.