Healthcare industry faces three major challenges. One challenge is safety, the next is effluence and bio waste management and the other affordability. Safety comes through effective regulation and incentivizing quality, Effluence and bio waste management through effective regulation and proper management of wastes, whereas affordability is achieved by improving efficiency through optimal use of resources and cutting down waste and efficient processes.
Hospital are known to be consuming large amount of electrical energy, which result into generating greenhouse gas emissions. Hospitals also require huge amount of water supply. Both these resources are precious. Hospitals also consume materials that could have toxic efforts, which includes MERCURY, CLEANING AGENTS and PESTICIDES etc. Hospitals also generate large quantities of Bio Medical Waste, which can have serious repercussions for environment and society at large.
Environmentally sustainable hospitals can also help in lowering the cost of healthcare delivery. This happens as hospitals are encouraged to practice energy saving measures that include electricity, water, gases and other consumable, by adopting of environmentally friendly processes, eliminating unnecessary purchases, choosing environmentally friendly agents/re-agents, recycling etc. All such aspects are addressed within the standard.
Hospital is a place of healing. Therefore, every hospital must have a robust system in place, which
mitigate the adverse effects on environment within the hospital premises and at the same time does not
in any way impacts external surroundings adversely. GREEN and CLEAN Hospital Standard provides
necessary guidelines for effective environment, facilitating hospital in managing bio-medical waste and
in controlling infection. This standard aims at optimum utilization of resources like electricity, water and
other consumables, aiding hospitals in delivering safe and affordable healthcare to the community
The GREEN and CLEAN Hospital aims to mitigate adverse effects on environment (GREEN) and even hasten the recovery process through infection free ambience (CLEAN).