Reduction in Environmental Burden through Activities at Business Offices:
Managing Chemical Substances
Determining the Status of Storage and Use and Managing Harmful Substances
Sysmex uses chemical substances in its R&D and manufacturing processes. We strive to manage chemical substances appropriately to prevent losses, leaks and damage to employee health. To reduce the risk of accidents stemming from the management of chemical substances as our business domain expands and organization changes, in fiscal 2013 we established the Chemical Substance Management Committee at Technopark, our R&D hub, reinforcing our structure for managing chemical substances. We are conducting thorough training at related divisions under this committee’s management.
Meanwhile, the Solution Center’s Scientific Laboratory is conducting thorough chemical substance management based on the Scientific Affairs Division Standards for Laboratory Management.
Emission of Harmful Substances and Management and Processing with Regard to Their Release into the Water and Atmosphere
Managing and Processing Harmful Substances
Sysmex International Reagents uses biological substances as raw materials of products, and Technopark uses them as experimental materials for research and development. As these substances have infection potential, as a measure of precaution, they are managed strictly such as limit of location to storage and use them according to the manual, and furthermore, these substances are carefully segregated from general waste for proper disposal.
For other harmful substances, we work to prevent aerial drift, dispersion and groundwater permeation through countermeasures addressing both facilities and management methods. In these ways, we endeavor to keep emissions below statutory standard values. In fiscal 2014, we refurbished waste drop-off sites at the Seishin Factory.
Wastewater Management and Processing
Sysmex has set its own standards for development locations and factories that handle chemical substances, managing wastewater to ensure these levels are not exceeded. In fiscal 2015, we introduced new biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) alarm equipment at the Ono Factory. These systems aim to prevent the release of liquids containing organic matter.
Management Related to Atmospheric Emissions
In response to the Fluorocarbons Emission Control Law, a revised version of which went into effect on April 1, 2015, Sysmex in Japan established response manuals for individual companies. We clarified fluorocarbon-containing equipment we own or manage and worked to determine appropriate use, conducted inspections and determined calculated leakages.