Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) Points Health Care Providers to Orkin
Orkin’s Gold Medal Protection Service Helps “Improve Environmental Management and Performance”
ATLANTA, Oct. 30, 2005 – Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin, Inc. has been recognized by Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) with a listing on the organization’s Products and Services Directory. H2E bills the online resource as a “searchable directory promoting the greening of the health care sector.” It provides health care providers with a list of businesses that supply products and services consistent with H2E””s mission to help improve environmental management and performance at health care facilities.
Orkin consulted with H2E and its sister organization, Health Care Without Harm, to aid in the development of a “green” pest control program Orkin introduced earlier this year called Gold Medal Protection for Health Care. The collaborative effort resulted in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program emphasizing non-chemical controls and boasting a comprehensive documentation system that prepares hospitals for reviews by facility administration, public health inspectors and health care accreditation boards.
“We understand how important environmental sustainability is to health care providers,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D. “Orkin’s work to develop a ‘green’ pest control option for the health care industry is consistent with H2E’s mission to improve environmental performance in these facilities. We appreciated their input as we developed Gold Medal Protection for Health Care, and we’re proud that they’ve added us to their list of providers.”
H2E (Hospitals for a Healthy Environment) is creating a national movement for environmental sustainability in health care. Jointly founded by the American Hospital Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Health Care Without Harm and the American Nurses Association, H2E is based on the vision of a healthy health care system that embraces safer building products, clean air, energy and water efficiency, safe working practices and a commitment to public health demonstrated through waste volume and toxicity reduction. To achieve this goal, H2E provides its more than 6,000 health care facility Partners with education, tools and information about best environmental practices, to help improve operational efficiency, increase compliance and improve the health of their communities. For more information about H2E programs and resources, visit www.h2e-online.org.