U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Indian Health Service: The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
A - Z Index:
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
#
Environmental Sustainability

Pollution Prevention

Pollution prevention (P2) refers to reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and/or re-using materials rather than putting them in the waste stream.

Improper management of hazardous materials and pesticides can lead to significant negative impacts to human health and the natural environment. Through general awareness, job-specific training, and environmentally preferable purchasing practices, IHS can reduce health risks associated with the use and storage of hazardous chemicals by:
  • Complying with environmental and occupational safety regulations;
  • Reducing hazardous materials when possible by replacing or substituting hazardous materials with environmentally friendly, less-toxic materials:
    • Reducing use of mercury containing products,
    • Replacing strong acids and bases with less corrosive products, and
    • Replacing flammable chemicals with non-flammables;
  • Planning for fuel and chemical spills to minimize the environmental impact, reduce clean-up costs, and ensure worker safety.

IHS waste management objectives:

  1. Recycle paper, batteries, plastic, aluminum cans, glass, cardboard, building materials, and other recyclable materials.
  2. Purchasing products that are reusable or that have less waste packaging.

Want to know more about sustainability and IHS initiatives? Sign up here to receive notices.

Read IHS' Recycling Guidance document. [PDF - 1.7 MB]

Additional Resources:

Recycling