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The USF Healthcare ECOEngage commitment…

With almost 50 years’ experience, USF Healthcare recognises how its day to day activities can impact on the environment both at a local level and globally. ECOEngage is a voluntary undertaking by USF to a continual improvement programme in safety and environmental performance, at all levels of our organisation.

This voluntary approach forms part of our integrated management system, Quality, Safety and Environment (QSE).

Quality…

Maintaining a quality led philosophy to achieve consistency and improvement is at the very heart of the USF Healthcare team. Accredited to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 quality management systems for medical devices, means we are well equipped to continually improve in our areas of expertise.

Nuova Farmec, part of the USF Healthcare group, are also compliant with the Good Manufacturing Practice regulations, certified by the Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (Italian Medicines Agency) and compliant with Good Laboratory Practice, certified by Ministero della Salute (Ministry of Health).

Safety…

With USF Healthcare products being used around the world, we understand our responsibility to ensure that they are used safely and correctly. All USF products are supported by comprehensive support materials and user protocols.

Certified OHSAS 18001 means that our commitment to safety is also applied internally throughout our organisation, to maintain the wellbeing of individuals and reduce workplace hazards.

Environment…

Reducing environmental impact plays an integral part of our core business. This commitment begins during the concept phase and continues throughout the lifecycle of our products.

USF Healthcare is certified ISO 14001, demonstrating a systematic approach to environmental sustainability and an engagement as a future focused organisation.

“The ECOEngage charter is implemented in all areas of our business”

Raw materials and formulations…

During the concept and development phase of USF Healthcare products, preference is given to eco-formulations which are more readily biodegradable. Regulatory restraints such as biocide and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals), means that we are able to fully manage the risks associated with the use of our products and provide a high level of protection to human health and the environment.

USF work very closely with research institutes and suppliers to use new generations of active ingredients and additives, giving priority to the use of biodegradable and non bioaccumulative molecules.

We are also committed to:

eliminating CMR substances from our formulations
substituting allergenic substances and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), where possible
using vegetal substances of oleochemical origin
using a new generation of surfactants with a more favourable biodegradability profile

Chemistry and Microbiology…

All USF Healthcare products are meticulously evaluated for safety, performance, material compatibility and stability whilst in concentrated form and during practical use. We also analyse the antimicrobial effectiveness of our formulations using dedicated microbiology laboratories.

Production…

As safety and environment play a critical role during the concept phase, we also consider these aspects during the full production process of our products with:

direct connection to water treatment and purification plants
an optimised water recycling system
treatment of waste water with a pollution rate fixed below the national requirements
secondary containment facilities for the storage of our products in case of leakage or discharge
waste sorting and treatment systems

In our offices daily we also undertake…

sorting of general office waste
optimisation of paper consumption
the supply of USF Healthcare product information in electronic format in preference to printed format

Packaging…

When appraising the lifecycle of our products, we also consider the choice of packaging materials used. ECOEngage means that:

all bottles are made from either HDPE or PE recyclable material
we do not use aerosol spray applicators
we use single material packaging for easier recycling

Transport…

ECOEngage also pays attention to atmospheric pollution caused by the transportation of our finished products. With this in mind, we:

give priority to products in concentrated form to reduce the impact on transportation
work with transport companies compliant with EURO 5 and EURO 6 emissions standards

Using USF Healthcare products…

USF understands that there are many different products available and many different manufacturers, we also respect that it is sometimes difficult to know which product to use, with sometimes confusing or misleading information. We are committed to sell only products which meet and exceed the needs of today’s healthcare environment and to provide clear and easy to understand product labelling and support materials. For all USF Healthcare products, we systematically provide:

comprehensive scientific information
online access to Safety Data Sheets
a protocol for use to ensure correct usage and application
comprehensive instructions for use in our product labelling
on-going technical and scientific training to all members of the USF Healthcare team
on-going product training and support to our customers

Placing your trust in USF Healthcare products offers Protection 4U, your practice staff, your patients and their families. Using USF as your hygiene and disinfection partner, you can be assured of our responsible approach to product quality, safety and the environment.

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