Waste Stories 1/7/2019

The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Smart innovation funding

Innovate UK Smart grants are available for game-changing and disruptive ideas from business, through a regular, competitive application process.

Grants are for projects that can provide evidence for considerable potential to gain market share, generate economic impact and exports.

To apply your business needs either:

  • an idea for a completely new product, service or process
  • a brand-new use or an unprecedented use for an existing product, service or process that take it above and beyond what’s currently available

It is not limited to a particular industry or technology area.

For further details, click here

2. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust declares ‘climate emergency’

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Trust (NUTH) has become the first in the country to declare a climate emergency, after over 1100 doctors issued warnings about the mental and physical harm caused by global warming. NUTH has committed to fast-tracking CO2 reduction and collaborating with its civic partners to achieve a zero carbon Newcastle.

Read more here

3. WHO/Health Care Without Harm reports on climate change in the Maldives’ healthcare system

Two reports co-produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Care Without Harm.

The reports provide an analysis of the climate vulnerability of the Maldives’ health care system and a recommended set of policies and strategies to help the country’s health system respond to the impacts of climate change while reducing its own environmental footprint.  

Working closely with the Maldives Ministry of Health and WHO, Health Care Without Harm analyzed the ways in which the healthcare system contributes to climate change, is affected by the impacts of climate change and can become more resilient to those changes.

To read the reports, click here

4. 2018 Report of the SPHS launched

The 2018 Report of the UN Informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS) has been launched. The Report profiles the efforts of the SPHS Members (UNDP, UN Environment, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOPS, WHO, Gavi, The Global Fund, and UNITAID) to strengthen sustainability in the global health sector, in order to step up efforts to create a better world for each and every one of us.
2018 was a wake-up call for the world to understand that it is time to take the effects of the climate change more seriously than ever. The SPHS Members continued to leverage their capacity to change the world by prioritizing human and environmental health. The world’s biggest gathering on climate, the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, showed once again that only global answers can solve global problems.

To read the report, click here

5. H&S for new and seasonal workers

With summer arriving, so is the increase in seasonal work. Take a look at HSE’s guidance for new and temporary workers. Did you know that workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at a workplace as during the whole of the rest of their working life?

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