In 2006, with the full support of the health centre’s administration, the MUHC established its Environmental Policy. This policy guides the institution’s social commitment toward minimizing undue risk and adverse environmental impacts on human health and the natural environment.
A permanent, executive-level Environmental Committee was set up immediately to implement environmental best practices. Standing members cover Nursing, Research, Technical Services, Logistics, Quality and Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services, Communications, Finance, Purchasing, Hospital Services and Programme Support, Environmental Quality Improvement Committee, and Redevelopment Planning.
An Environmental Management System (EMS) Coordinator was hired in September 2007. Claire Garon’s Master’s degree in Environmental Management; experience in the private, public, industrial and scientific sectors; passion for the field, and interpersonal skills are helping the MUHC develop its EMS across six sites. Ms. Garon is also Associate Researcher for the Canada Research Chair on International Management Standards and Environmental Affairs.
A Safety and Environment Committee of the MUHC Board of Directors also has been set up.