mercury minimization program

last july 14, 2009, we conducted a mercury minimization program workshop w/ d hospital waste mgt. committee (hwmc) of d lucena united doctors hospital & medical center (ludhmc).

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mercury is the only metal element dat is in liquid form at room temperature. it is highly toxic, especially when metabolized into methyl mercury. accordingly,  it may cause harmful effects 2d nervous, digestive, respiratory, immune systems & 2d kidneys, besides causing lung damage. adverse health effects from mercury exposure can be: tremors, impaired vision and hearing, paralysis, insomnia, emotional instability, developmental deficits during fetal development, and attention deficit and developmental delays during childhood.

In 1991, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that a safe level of mercury exposure, below which no adverse effects, has never been established.

in view of tis, ludhmc is now pursuing a mercury minimization program as part of d hospital’s social development program. some f d strategies include d ff:

  • mercury fever thermometers are no longer issued 2patients’ kits. likewise, d pharmacy s no longer selling tis thermometers. 2eliminate oder sources, patients will b prohibited 2bring-in tis kind of fever thermometers.

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  • identification of mercury containing equipment/devices & sources per department by members of d hwmc. listing of sources & uses of mercury as well as their amt/volume.
  • labeling (‘containing mercury’ ) d devices 2alert its users regarding d danger of spillage/breakage. & a goal 2phase-out their purchase in favor of safer, equally effective alternatives. tis includes d assessment of alternatives & their costs.
  • pollution prevention tru proper hazardous mercury waste segregation, storage & disposal, e.g. not 2b included in infectious waste stream…

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  • drafting of a purchasing policy that requires vendors to sign a mercury-content disclosure agreement.
  • 2conduct a mercury awareness campaign as well as emplyoyee education & training on preventing and proper handing of mercury spills.
  • mercury spills clean-up tool kit will b made available in every nurse stations.
  • collection & proper handling of busted fluorescent lamps. mercury containing lamps r stored properly & accounted for in accordance w/ R.A. 6969 (hazwas mgt act) prior 2disposal by an accredited treater. a target of 10% annual replacement of energy efficient & mercury free led lights (light emitting diodes) n d hospital s up4 consideration.
  • promotion of dental amalgam fillings alternatives as well as actions like, amalgam storage and handling & amalgam capsule handling. bellow is a preview of a one hour fully referenced documentary about d danger of mercury fr dental amalgam (www.lammag.com and http://www.bcd.com.au):

hope dat tis measures will b d start of a successful program…..

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energy audit

last july 7 to 10 2009, i attended an e-learning course on energy auditing held at the asian institute of management (AIM) using the world bank’s global development learning center, at d grnd flr AIM bldg., makati city. tis training was sponsored by d asian productivity org. (APO) of japan & d dev’t. academy of d phils. (DAP).

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during d course, we conducted an energy audit exercise at d sm mall of asia & at d east tower of d phil stock exhange bldg.

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phil. stock exchange group pix

phil. stock exchange group pix

awakening d dreamer symposium experience

here’s a reflection by a colleague (ms. cathy guivencan) who attended d awakening d dreamer symposium last june 27, 2009 at d milkyway cafe in makati city as well as d trainer’s training on june 28, 2009 held @ dusit thani hotel in makati city.

“Invited by a colleague – Eric– I went to this symposium. The flyers says “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dreams of the Modern World”, by the Pachamama Aliance. The line alone sparks interest in me though I never really know what that means and besides it was free. Later I’ve known I am hearing the greatest call of my life, be the “bell ringer for others”. The event was attended by a diverse group of people; there were children, teenagers, teachers, mothers and professionals from different organizations and companies. The message was bone-chilling; seeing the world degrading and species disappearing because of what we are doing and where it would lead us if we continue to be blind. The symposium is a sort of awareness campaign to all gender and ages of the world to make us aware and realize that there is only one world. It is by knowing that we see our actions differently and see the world as our home, and then we do something. The symposium aims for people to be in blessed unrest (a state of inherit dissatisfaction/agitation to always create something bigger and better), which was effectively conveyed by the facilitators ms therese necio-ortega & mr. jon symes.

This made me progress to the second day which is the train the trainer event. Most of the attendees were present the day before and were compelled to answer the call like me. It feels great to know and be in a group with same interests and cause. And it was super fun because of our very enthusiastic trainer, Jon, combined with funny group of people. The whole day comprehensive training was conducted to prepare us for our own symposium, to become self-organizing and self-generating community. It was then that the “Kampaneros” of the Philippines was formed. We are only few bell ringers for the entire Philippines but we believe in a standing ovation, it starts with one fool standing up and pretty soon all Filipinos hopefully will be standing up to making this world a better place to live in. Isn’t that great?”

thanks,

cathy

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sustainable house

here’s an article written by my colleague ms. cathy guivencan bout a green structure….

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Here’s one of the best practice examples on sustainable building approach, the S-House in Austria. The S-House is an innovative construction project of GrAT (Center for Appropriate Technology) who act as the builder and technology designer and who put all of the elements of sustainable construction which considered the entire life cycle of the building materials in the design and construction process. All the materials used in the building are renewable which means that after the end of its life return to various ecological systems as well as recyclable. Important to take note are the innovative solutions used such as straw insulation, custom made screws, use of clay mud, wood technology and modular design of the building. Hopefully we can create a Philippine version that is suitable for our climate condition with the upcoming Zero Carbon Project.

low carbon concrete application

we have just finished applying d low carbon concrete at d bldg. 2 of jbc food corp. last night. d first concrete repair was conducted at d first half of bldg. 2 last june 12-14 & d 2nd half was implemented tis weekend fr july 10-12. d conduct of d environment-friendly low carbon concrete repair  w/ maleki products was done in just 3 full-days per application. if regular cement wer used, it would take bout 3weeks of downtime (tis s very advantageous 2companies who don’t want 2stop production 4a long time due 2flooring repair activity.

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surface prep

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d new flooring is now hydrophobic & waterproof but water vapor permeable, chemical & mechanical load resistant, salt resistant, abrasion resistant, volatile organic compounds free, high temperature resistant, very easy 2clean (no need 4xpensive detergents & degreasers), etc.

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since d low carbon concrete is inorganic, bacteria can’t thrive on it unlike other organic flooring systems…..d coving of d corners w/ maleki patching mortar made d  corners of floor & walls dirt free (easy 2clean), likewise it is mouse & cockroach free (coz no more crevices)….d patching mortar (as well as other maleki products) is moisture expansion & shrinkage free unlike regular cement & no insect or pest can break/penetrate it coz itz abrasion & high mechanical load resistant…..

guess….tis will b one of d future 4green concrete……

d story of stuff

“The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

The Story of Stuff http://www.storyofstuff.com will take you on a provocative tour of our consumer-driven culture — from resource extraction to iPod incineration.”

visit http://www.storyofstuff.com 2view d interactive video…bellow r teasers of d 20-min video.

teaser #1:

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teaser #3: