Health Care Context
From basic office equipment to complex life-support devices, health care depends on a number of different batteries to provide services to patients. Batteries contain heavy metals such as silver, cadmium, nickel, mercury, lead, zinc, and chromium that, when disposed of improperly, can leak out and contaminate soil and water sources.
Often times the use of batteries is inevitable; therefore, it is critical to ensure that they are used, transported, and disposed of or recycled correctly. Many facilities offer battery drop-off points and recycling services.
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An Ounce of Prevention: Waste Reduction Strategies for Healthcare Facilities. ASHES of the American Hospital Association. AHA Catalogue No: 057007. 1993.
Battery Solutions Battery Types
Healthcare Environmental Resource Center. Waste Reduction - Batteries