The story of the Sambhavna Clinic, a non-profit holistic health clinic in Bhopal, India, built to treat those injured by the Union Carbide toxic gas release in 1984. enlarge video
9 October 2012. 46 pages.
Health Care Without Harm Europe launched a new report: “Healthy & Sustainable Flooring, choosing resilient flooring for the European healthcare sector”.
Choosing the ‘right’ floor can be a challenge for procurers and facility managers in hospitals, affecting staff, patients and visitors alike, as the floor is one of the most extensive and visible parts of the healthcare environment and a long-term decision that cannot easily be reversed.
The new report develops key decision criteria: sustainable hygiene, cost effective life and comfortable safety in order to assess the currently available flooring choices in the European market. PVC flooring, linoleum and rubber are compared. The ideal resilient flooring is non-toxic throughout its life cycle, practical (hygienic and easy to clean), durable, safe, silent underfoot, visually pleasant and cost-effective. The report concludes that currently no ideal material exists, but some choices come close to achieving key desirable features with fewer chemical hazards.