FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2011
For more information, contact:
Ruth Berlin, Executive Director, Maryland Pesticide Network, 410-849-3909, ex. 1 (office)
410-693-7319 (mobile)
Jay Feldman, Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides, 202-543-5450,
Department of Environmental Services at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center eliminates the use of hazardous pesticides, protecting the health of patients, staff, and the environment
Baltimore, MD – The Integrated Pest Management in Health Care Facilities Project honored the Environmental Services Department at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (Baltimore, MD) for their outstanding achievement in adopting a “green pest management” approach in the facility through implementation of a defined Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an approach that eliminates the use of toxic chemicals in managing pests. The award was presented at the MDH2E annual Environmental Excellence in Healthcare Conference held Nov. 10, 2011 at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore. Rick Candy, Director of Environmental Services at Bayview, accepted the award.
The Integrated Pest Management in Health Care Facilities Project is a partnership between the Maryland Pesticide Network and Beyond Pesticides, in collaboration with Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MDH2E).
“Health care facilities share a commitment to the well-being of those they serve, and it makes no sense for these facilities to use products that can cause diseases and conditions it seeks to cure or prevent,” said Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, a national community-based organization of grassroots groups and project partner. “The IPM in Health Care Facilities Project is helping to move the health care sector in Maryland into the forefront of green pest management, serving as a model for non-toxic approaches to building and land management.”
IPM in hospitals, elder care facilities, special needs schools, and other health care settings protects vulnerable populations at highest risk from the toxic effects of chemical pesticide use. As outlined in the Project’s 2008 report, Taking Toxics Out of Maryland’s Health Care Sector, the most vulnerable populations are unknowingly exposed to toxic pesticides in most Maryland health-care facilities because of their use of toxic chemical pesticides associated with a range of negative health effects, including certain cancers, nervous system damage, respiratory illnesses, birth defects, Parkinson’s, Lewy Body Disease, Alzheimers, autism and endocrine disruption.
“Our goal is not to wipe out pest populations by using environmentally unsafe methods, but simply to use Integrated Pest Management principles to reasonably manage pests at an acceptable level through deterring, prevention and monitoring,” said Rick Candy, Bayview Environmental Services Director.
“With the health care industry’s efforts on being green and leaving a better carbon footprint, IPM is the right and practical thing to do within the healthcare business”
“We commend Rick Candy and the Department of Environmental Services at Bayview Medical Center for their leadership in exemplifying the efficacy of a defined IPM system whereby the focus is on non-chemical pest-prevention. And, least toxic pesticides are only used as a last resort at Bayview,” said Ruth Berlin, Executive Director of the Maryland Pesticide Network, a coalition of 25 organizations in Maryland concerned about the impact of pesticides on the public health and the environment and project partner. “Bayview has shown that it is possible to protect patients and staff from both pests and toxic pesticides. It serves as a model for the health care industry and the public in the state of Maryland and the nation.”
The Project’s mission is to educate the health care industry about the dangers posed by pesticide exposure and to offer viable alternatives to reduce pest populations and pesticide applications by introducing defined IPM as a greening initiative that advances an atmosphere of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and fiscal security.