Developing an environmental management system for a UK hospital trust

Douglas, CH and Meltzer, MA 2004, 'Developing an environmental management system for a UK hospital trust' , International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 4 (4) , pp. 273-290.

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This paper discusses the approach to tackling environmental issues in the hospital sector. It considers the emphasis placed on environmental issues within the sector, the problems encountered and the opportunities realised during the process of developing an environmental management system. The paper explores the characteristics of hospitals' environmental aspects and the impacts that may arise from their activities. The method involved, first, content analysis of health and research reports to evaluate the health sector's approach to environmental issues, and, second, a case study of the developing environmental management system in a local hospital and its environmental performances over the first 12-month period following its introduction. The paper concludes that, by implementing an environmental management system, many of the internal cultural issues can be resolved and a hospital's environmental performance improved. Such environmental management systems call for an integrative approach rather than separate quality, health and safety and environmental management systems.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management
Publisher: Inderscience
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1741511X
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2007 08:28
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:01

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