Chemicals surround us, often entering our environment from unexpected sources. The images on the right showcase some of the many ways potentially harmful chemicals can come into health care environments.
Resources for Safer Chemical Policies
These resources provide a wealth of information about the health effects of toxics, work that is being done around the world on safer chemicals, the role of chemicals in health care, chemical legislation at various levels of government, the physical properties of chemicals, and more. Click on "Expand/Collapse" under any of the headings to see the resources in that category (or hide them if they are already shown).
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Collaborative on Health and the Environment Toxicant and Disease Database
The CHE Toxicant and Disease Database is a searchable database that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and approximately 180 human diseases or conditions.
eChemPortal provides free public access to information on properties of chemicals: Physical Chemical Properties, Ecotoxicity, Environmental Fate and Behaviour, Toxicity.
Human Toxome Project
The Human Toxome Project (HTP) at Environmental Working Group is working to define the human toxome — the full scope of industrial pollution in humanity.
Toxipedia Chemicals List
Toxipedia is a free toxicology encyclopedia offering articles and resources about toxic chemicals (such as pesticides and endocrine disruptors), health conditions, ethical considerations, the history of toxicology, laws and regulation, and more.
TOXNET Toxicology Data Network
The Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®) is an integrated system of toxicology and environmental health databases that are available free of charge on the web.
National Pollutant Release Inventory
The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) is Canada's legislated, publicly accessible inventory of pollutant releases (to air, water and land), disposals and transfers for recycling.
Provincial/Territorial Environmental Ministries
Each province and territory has its own environmental ministry, and each ministry has its own website providing both general information about chemical issues and specific information about provincial rules, regulations and policies.
Business-NGO Working Group: Safer Chemicals
Spearheaded by the nonprofit environmental organization Clean Production Action, the BizNGO is a unique collaboration of business and NGO leaders who are creating a roadmap to the widespread use of safer chemicals and materials in our economy.
Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention
The Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2) encourages actions that avoid or minimize the creation of pollution and waste.
Canadian Medical Association: Advocacy: Environment
The Canadian Medical Association is a national, voluntary association of physicians that advocates on behalf of its members and the public for access to high quality health care, and provides leadership and guidance to physicians.
Health Care Without Harm: Issues: Safer Chemicals
Health Care Without Harm shares a vision of a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and the environment.
These products and services from Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care business associates may provide some benefit to health care environments in reducing, eliminating or preventing the release of toxic chemicals. Product and service descriptions are taken from their respective websites.
Deltasorb Anesthetic Collection Service
Service from Blue-Zone Technologies, which offers hospitals a cost effective, efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to venting toxic anesthetics into the atmosphere.
Service from Eco Facility Solutions, which improves the cleanliness of washroom facilities while reducing or eliminating reliance on chemical detergents and disinfectants.
Service from Eco Facility Solutions, which uses a light activated disinfectant coating that protects the environment by reducing the amount of chemical cleaners used.
Washer-Disinfectors from Getinge, which reduce chemical consumption and do not require harsh/aggressive chemicals for fast cleaning cycles.