New Pollution Prevention Planning Bylaw for HospitalsNew Pollution Prevention Planning Bylaw for Hospitals<div class="ExternalClass263D8F36F08546C6AA34B28980CCD96A"><p>​Metro Vancouver has adopted a new source control bylaw to help hospitals in the region reduce pollutants entering our sewer system. </p><p>Beginning in 2020, each hospital in the region will be required to submit a Pollution Prevention Plan to Metro Vancouver for approval. Some of the key actions that need to be addressed in a Pollution Prevention Plan include:</p><ul><li>Requiring hospitals to review their practices and develop strategies and timelines to address pollutants such as biomedical waste, pharmaceuticals and formaldehyde. </li><li>Having a continuous improvement plan whereby hospitals must look at the wastewater generated within all areas of the hospital and identify opportunities to reduce the quantity and improve the quality of their wastewater discharge. </li><li>Minimizing the disposal of wipes and the toxicity of chemicals.</li></ul><p>Annual progress reports must also be submitted by the hospitals and a new/updated plan is required every five years. </p><p>The Bylaw is the result of extensive two-year stakeholder engagement. Metro Vancouver staff met with more than 50 staff from the four healthcare authorities and affected hospitals, and conducted site visits at regional hospitals. </p><p>Regulatory bylaws, including the overarching Sewer Use Bylaw, are important tools aimed at reducing contaminants at source where it is most cost effective to do so, while protecting worker health and safety, our wastewater infrastructure, and the environment. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue49-lab.jpg2019-01-31T08:00:00ZGP0|#6fcc8566-898c-4e9b-8ad0-9296abc3c2f1;L0|#06fcc8566-898c-4e9b-8ad0-9296abc3c2f1|Issue 49;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassD2BF337C753E4F079C7C8AA43592C5A6"><p>​Metro Vancouver has adopted a new source control bylaw to help hospitals in the region reduce pollutants entering our sewer system. </p></div>0