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Doing Business in a Sustainable and Non-Toxic Way

16 May

Time to Figure Out a Better Way Forward

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Everyday seems to bring a new natural disaster or calamity, wildfires burning up New Mexico, western reservoirs drained to their lowest levels ever, extreme weather, flooding and landslides around the globe, can it get any worse? In a word, YES, yes it can if we don’t also stop poisoning ourselves with chemicals and products toxic to both humans and the environment.

Microbial and organic contaminants cannot always be detected by human senses. You might go years before realizing a problem exists. Many folks never become suspicious until people in the community start to get sick.

Toxic contaminants in our water supply may be naturally occurring or man-made. Some examples of chemical contaminants include nitrogen, bleach, salts, pesticides, metals, toxins produced by bacteria, and human or animal drugs. The most concerning contaminants lurking in your tap water can include:

  • Lead & Mercury
  • Chloramines
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Pharmaceuticals
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Since 2019, more than 320 toxic substances have been detected in U.S. drinking water systems, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization.

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The drinking water contaminants that can have chronic effects include chemicals such as disinfection byproducts, solvents, and pesticides, not even boiling water removes contaminants such as chlorine and lead. Boiling water can only remove some solids and bacteria, meaning it will not remove harmful substances such as chlorine and lead from tap water. Many other toxic byproducts or pesticides are used everyday in healthcare facilities to disinfect medical devices and surfaces. The chemicals from the germicidal wipes used to sanitize and disinfect are rarely rinsed from the surface leaving chemical residue behind, including toxic substances.

The Toxic Substances Control Act, TSCA of 1976 provides EPA with authority to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures. There are over 80,000 chemicals on the market in the US, and the Environmental Protection Agency has only banned nine. Further, the EPA doesn't differentiate between toxic and non-toxic chemicals. Bringing innovative alternatives to market is limited to what TSCA has already approved and listed.

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The 2013 Lautenberg amendment to TSCA, focused on risks. However, there was no duty to review the risks involved, nor to establish deadlines for actions. Implementation of the 2016 amendments to TSCA, in accordance with the statute and congressional intent, was essentially to ensure protections for human health and the environment, while encouraging innovation, in pratice designed to protect business as usual. Basically, as of this writing, TSCA still needs to be further updated or revisited to take advantage of more sustainable options.
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We live on one small planet we call home that has finite resources, like water, air and living things. As a manufacturer of reusable medical devices and environmentally preferred solutions, Case Medical is committed to only producing sustainable, environmentally preferred products for patient care that will not harm the earth. However, we need your help. Unless people are educated and understand the risks involved in using toxic chemicals and materials, we will continue to pollute our water supplies, send toxic chemicals into the air, and risk the health and safety of future generations. Lets understand what's at risk and accept that we are responsible for what we use and what we do.

Join Marcia Frieze and others from ASBN who support health, safety and sustainability. To learn more about the good and bad of the chemical substances used by industry and healthcare every day register below.

Wednesday at 1:00 PM EDT, hosted by the American Sustainable Business Network. Sustainable & Non-Toxic Business Roundtable when industry leaders discuss a sustainable way forward for this one small planet Earth, that we call home.

Then starting in June, Case Medical will be doing a monthly WebEx with continuing education credits. Click here to go to our educational offerings.

Visit us at www.casemed.com to learn more about our products and how they can help your facility lighten its impact on the environment for the good of us all.

Kindest Regards,
Marcia Frieze and the Case Medical team

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