|| LS is fully committed to being an environmentally responsible neighbor to both our immediate community and the global neighborhood in which we live and work. Our commitment to environmental stewardship enhances our reputation and engenders trust with our customers as we do everything possible to protect the environment from which we derive our business.|
- We reviewed our processes, identified environmental aspects and possible impacts, established objectives and targets to work toward, and we track and communicate our progress at our monthly Quality System Review (QSR) meetings.
- We recycle packing materials that our supplies and samples are packed with (bubble wrap, Styrofoam popcorn/peanuts, paper, cardboard boxes, plastic, etc.) and provide them free of charge to PHCR-Europe and other Landstuhl staff for personal use at a convenient re-use center.
- We re-use wooden pallets for transport of large items taken to the Defense Reutilization Management Office (DRMO). We partnered with our approved contract laboratories by sending them an Environmental survey and we plan to send an Environmental survey to our suppliers.
- We take other glass bottles and vials, and our printer cartridges to one of the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern (USAG-K) recycling centers. We cleaned out our supply room and took the excess wooden shelving and room dividers to the recycling center for re-use by other patrons.
- We ask our customers to return our coolers and any unused sample bottles for re-use or recycling.
- Whenever possible, we re-use office supplies such as paperclips, clam clips, document protectors, etc.
- We print our documents and certificates double-sided, use recycled paper in our printers and copiers, and recycle paper, plastics, and aluminum cans in the recycling bags located throughout the facility.
- We turn off lights in offices and labs when not in use and power down equipment, computer monitors, and/or printers, whenever possible. Our printers and copiers automatically go to stand-by mode when not in use.
- We conserve water by using chillers in the laboratory instead of constantly running water down the drain, and use the water from our shower/eye wash checks to dilute acidic samples prior to flushing into the drain system. If necessary, we add a basic solution to help neutralize the acid prior to disposal to ensure samples are environmentally safe when they reach the local water treatment plant.
- We dispose samples with high metals content in designated hazardous waste containers, so that they are not disposed through the sewage system.
- We partner with the Installation Management Agency Europe (IMA-E), USAG-K, Environmental Office who has implemented an ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System (EMS) to provide contract pick-up and regulated disposal of our hazardous waste.
- We have implemented and are working to implement more procedures and methods that do not use or minimize the use or production of hazardous chemicals or waste. We stopped acid-rinsing our metals glassware after purchasing more efficient glassware washers and performing a study that showed acid rinsing had little to no effect and may have contributed to the contamination of glassware.
- We perform maintenance and checks on our equipment and fume hoods and have them professionally checked annually to ensure they are safe for use by our employees and are performing efficiently.
- We have taken measures to minimize employee exposure to harmful chemical fumes through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), fume hoods, waste transfer systems, and adequate ventilation.
- We are working to streamline our ordering system so that chemicals and supplies are ordered in smaller quantities with a good shelf life. We perform quarterly inventories of all of our chemicals in order to maintain good tracking and efficient chemical utilization.
- We have procured better acid storage cabinets and plan to procure better solvent storage cabinets to minimize employee exposure and equipment deterioration due to harmful fumes.
- We minimize the printing of the LS Quality Manual (QM), Customer Guide (CG), Biologicals Submission Guide (BSG), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), meeting minutes, and other documents by publishing them in protected format on the shared laboratory and public drives (Intranet). We stopped printing our Quality Control (QC) charts quarterly when we implemented a new Excel®-based system that allows real time review and resolution of problems using our PCs.
- We comply with applicable U.S. and Host Nation environmental regulations and perform an annual internal audit to ensure we are in continual compliance.
- We talk to our employees and other PHCR-Europe staff about our environmental program, legal requirements and aspects, and how they can participate in their areas.
- The LS staff receives regular e-mail updates on Environmental legislation, tips, situations, and other environmental news so that they can stay abreast of current and pending actions. A sub-site dedicated to the EMS was created on our intranet with access by all LS personnel to share ideas, news, polls, and access to all environmental related Department, DoD, and host nation regulations, policies, and standards.
- We have first aid kits, chemical spill kits, absorptive materials, dikes/berms, and other supplies on-hand to protect the environment and our staff in the event of an emergency situation or chemical spill. We perform an annual inventory of these safety supplies to ensure they are in ample amounts and/or good condition for use. We perform training with the LS staff so that they are prepared to take immediate action if a spill or other emergency situation occurs.
- We fine-tune our system through regularly scheduled internal and external audits and employee participation and review of identified aspects. We implemented regular checks of our hazardous waste accumulation points by our trained Hazardous Waste Managers.
- We personally strive to incorporate all aspects of our environmental program into our daily work and home activities. The LS staff voted and decided to start using washable plates and utensils when we have luncheons at work instead of purchasing paper and plastic products that create additional non-recyclable waste.
- The LS Management Review Team (MRT) has determined that all Aspects directly linked to compliance and/or environmental governing regulations, the handling of chemicals, and/or emergency response will be defined as globally significant. We have identified Waste Management (chemical and solid), Chemical Management, Gas Cylinder Management, Hazardous Waste Accumulation Point sheds, Chemical Exposure, and Emergency Preparedness as LS significant Environmental Aspects.
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NOTE: As of 31 July 2015, PHCR-Europe has transitioned to the Regional Health Command - Europe. The information here is provided as a courtesy and may not be up-to-date.
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