An ISO 14001 certified environmental management system for sustainable and environmentally friendly leukemia diagnostics

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As a highly innovative company, we are well aware of the responsibility we bear for creating the world of tomorrow. Our top priority is the well-being of every patient and making sure that we provide the best possible diagnosis for every one of our patients. At the same time, our self-set goal has been to prudently use resources and continuously improve processes to protect the environment.

With this in mind, we have successfully established an ISO 14001 based professional environmental management system in all of our sections and processes. In one assessment, our efforts were verified by the neutral and accredited certification body DEKRA (see ISO 14001 certificate).

The overarching goal of ISO 14001 is to promote environmental protection, reduce environmental impact, and thereby successfully implement environmental objectives. It covers the efficient use of energy and raw materials as well as waste reduction and targeted risk prevention. A specific focal point has been the implementation of a continuous improvement process as a means of achieving defined environmental goals. Maintaining awareness of one’s own influence, its impact on the environment and verifying this with figures are crucial in this regard.

Next, collaboration between employees and management allows goals and measures to be defined to protect this environment as effectively as possible. We have already achieved a number of accomplishments through the implementation of these defined measures. One example has been the creation of a digital and paperless workplace, which has allowed us to reduce our paper consumption per employee by 35.8% from 2017 to 2019. In addition, the increased use of automated laboratory systems has reduced the amount of hazardous waste per employee by 17.5% from 2017 to 2019. These examples emphasize that with teamwork and commitment, sustainable, environmentally friendly and future-oriented leukemia diagnostics can be developed.

Further information about the environmental management system at the MLL can be found here.