Materials and chemicals

Materials and chemicals

Wherever possible, we remove potentially hazardous chemicals from our manufacturing processes and products, and replace them with equally effective, but less harmful solutions. We systematically strive to minimise the environmental impact of our products, and every product and material is evaluated according to our Environmental Composition Report (ECR) process.

However, it needs to be remembered that the primary task for our products is to heal or prevent a medical condition or enable improved results in an operating room. We can never endanger the health outcomes of patients in order to minimise environmental impact. This means that we have to be cautious and curious at the same time when we investigate new chemicals, materials or products.

The majority of our products are for single use. Most of them are classified as biological waste after use, which means that they must be burnt to prevent spreading of infections and bacteria. The sterilizing process of our products may entail a risk, however small, with regards to the use of chemicals and electricity. Our negative pressure wound treatment products, Avance, include battery-driven pumps and we take responsibility for the collection of used batteries. We make sure the packaging materials used are recyclable.

We comply with the EU chemical legislation REACH (registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals) and we use a ‘traffic light’ system, recognised by the British Standards Institution (BSI), to classify raw materials during product development. This also includes environmental impact assessments from production to product use and waste handling. Any materials classified as ‘red’ are considered hazardous to the environment and are used only where there is no alternative from a technical, economic or patient safety point of view. All our factories continuously monitor the amount of chemicals used on site to ensure that their consumption is kept to a minimum.

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Mölnlycke Health Care 

Level 4
12 Narabang Way
Belrose, NSW 2085

Tel: +61 2 8977 2144  or 1800 005 231 (AUS internal only)
+61 2 8977 2155 or 1800 005 232 (AUS internal only)


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