ISO 14001 recognises that a company is managing its operational impacts on the environment in both the short and long term.
Fisher Scientific recognises its social responsibility as a global organisation to assess and regulate the impact they have on the environment. Managing that impact also means working more efficiently and creating a better working environment for employees.
In the last few years, Fisher Scientific has carried out a number of environmental initiatives, including taking back cardboard packaging from customers and recycling bottles, and a lot of the operational strategies had already been put in place. The ISO 14001 accreditation proves the company is committed to managing its impacts on the environment.
To gain accreditation, companies are required to look at the business and determine how it impacts on the environment. It is then necessary to identify where the most significant impacts occur and develop a plan to manage these effectively. Management plans are continually reviewed and improved, and the ultimate aim is to prevent pollution.
The ISO 14001 standard provides a formal and logical basis for environmental management using the main principles of professional management and based on the process of “plan, implement, check and review”. It aims to support environmental protection and prevention of pollution in balance with socioeconomic needs.
We also comply with the “Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2005". We are registered as a member of the Veolia Environmental Services’ compliance scheme. The scheme obtains evidence of recovery and recycling from packaging waste collected and reprocessed by Veolia Environment.
Please remember that this service is only available for Fisher Chemical packaging
Instructions for the Customer
In order for us to be able to collect material, you will need to do the following:
Prepare the material for collection and transportation; and
Complete a Waste Transfer Notice
Preparing the Materials for Collection:
We can only collect bottles for products from the following brands:
All bottles must be washed or cleaned by an approved method that does not produce fugitive emissions prior to collection. Unwashed products will be rejected.
All caps must be off the bottles
Bottles must be in a safe condition for transportation – i.e. must not be broken or cracked. The original labels attached to bottle or cartons must be covered completely (example- painted over)
Customer Packaging Returns Information
What steps do I have to take before I return packaging?
You need to ensure that all bottles/packaging do not contain hazardous product.
Please remember that our employees do not expect product or wastes to be present. All drivers are provided with protective clothing and the relevant training, but the presence of unanticipated waste poses a very significant risk to them.
Please ensure there are no broken glass bottles as these pose a risk of injury to our staff.
All glass must be securely packaged, ideally in a Fisher Scientific box with the pulp components, or in a suitable cage such as those provided by Fisher Scientific.
Unless being used with the pulp inner to return empty Fisher Scientific bottles, any empty cardboard boxes should be flattened to reduce the amount of space required and should not be contaminated with chemicals, as this would also constitute special waste.
Please do not return loose-form bottle packaging.
How do you notify Fisher Scientific that you have packaging to return?
There are two ways you can request packaging to be returned to Fisher Scientific, subject to the capacity of the vehicle loading:
Tell the driver, when he arrives with a delivery. He will then fit it within the load or arrange to pick it up at a mutually convenient date; or
Contact customer services and advise them, they can then arrange for collection within the delivery schedule.
Paper catalogues are produced using paper sourced from environmentally aware forest product companies – pulp used in the manufacture of the paper is sourced from sustainable forest resources.
The paper sourced for printed catalogues is an accredited FSC grade.
We currently recycle 3 tonnes of office paper per month.
We recycle old catalogues received back from customers.
We also encourage customers and suppliers to use electronic invoicing - increasingly utilising e-commerce to reduce paper. E-commerce has resulted in a 42% saving on paper generated orders.
We operate a printer and toner cartridge recycling programme with the Charity Scope.
New additional commercial vehicles as part of company fleet...
New enhanced training programme for drivers...
New Michelin tyres introduced to fleet including their tyre regrooving programme...
Fisher Scientific operates its own fleet of diesel vehicles.
All our drivers are trained to handle hazardous goods, hold ADR vocational licences, carry TREM cards with each shipment and comply fully with the latest EU legislation covering the shipment of dangerous products.
We have also switched to using Michelin tyres for the fleet. These low resistance tyres offer fuel savings compared with traditional ranges on the market. By reducing fuel consumption they also reduce the emission of tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Michelin operate a regrooving and retreading programme which also enables the full potential of casings to be exploited.
We train drivers to best standards to help reduce fuel usage, carbon dioxide emissions, reduce accidents and engine damage.
We have recently implemented a NEW "Track & Trace" satellite navigation system which facilitates better journey planning through regular reviews, computerised routing, scheduling and vehicle telematics etc - see below for details.
Track & Trace System
Electronic signature capture
Electronic management of dangerous goods
Real time data transmission - two way
Key Customer Benefits
On the road triggered notifications
Enabling up to the minute information on the status of your delivery
Transparency - Customer visibility
Order history status of goods enhanced
Signature and time of delivery
All data will feedback into route planning software so we can continue to improve and reduce route miles
We also use route planning software which facilitates more efficient planning of routes and consequent increased fleet efficiencies.
All our vehicles are selected to optimise load capacity - as operating a vehicle larger or smaller than required will lead to inefficiencies and adverse environmental impact.
Automatic transmission - better fuel economy.
Air deflectors - Aerodynamics.
Cruise control - can have a positive environmental effect by ensuring vehicle speed is kept constant and in doing so reduces fuel consumption.
Tyre pressures checked regularly - maintaining tyres correctly minimises rolling resistance and thereby reduces fuel consumption and environmental emissions.
Fisher Scientific is committed to seeking to reduce the impact of its activities on the environment.
In line with the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations 2006, Fisher Scientific is registered with Gambica B2B Compliance Ltd, which is a legally approved Compliance Scheme. (Approval Number WEE/XP3338PD/SCH).
Fisher Scientific's producer registration number is WEE/CH0049TZ.
Gambica B2B Compliance Ltd will take on the legal responsibilities for the reporting on, the collection and treatment of, all WEEE that Fisher Scientific is obligated for, ensuring that the appropriate recycling targets are met.
Fisher Scientific UK will cover the recycling cost once it reaches an approved authorised treatment facility if you have:
Any piece of electrical or electronic equipment that you purchased prior to 13th August 2005 and are looking to replace on a like for like basis from Fisher Scientific or:
A piece of electrical or electronic equipment purchased from Fisher Scientific, after 1st April 2007, which is labelled with a crossed out wheelie bin, once it reaches the end of its natural life. This relates to those items for which Fisher Scientific is obligated.*
Please note that all the relevant Hazardous Waste Consignment notes and Decontamination Certificates must be correctly completed and signed off. Gambica B2B Compliance Ltd will provide this documentation prior to collection.
*Electrical, Electronic Equipment that is private labelled for Fisher Scientific UK Ltd (Fisherbrand, Griffin or Technico) or Electrical, Electronic Equipment that Fisher Scientific UK has imported into the UK and placed on the UK market.