At STERIS, we pursue a discipline of Continuous Improvement that drives improvements in safety, quality, cost delivery, and innovation across the business. As a result of our Lean training and ongoing improvement events, STERIS has made significant strides in reducing waste, improving workflow and efficiencies and improving product quality. For instance, at a recent Lean event changes were made to simplify a production process that will result in savings of over 750,000 gallons of water per year.
A significant opportunity for STERIS lies within our global network of facilities. Our largest global footprint of facilities is in our Applied Sterilization Technologies business, where we have over 50 global facilities. Sharing best practices and sustainability examples across our network magnifies the potential impact of one change across a global network of facilities. STERIS AST launched the Sustainable EO sterilization services program in 2017, which aims to reduce the use of ethylene oxide gas per cubic meter of product processed by 50% over 5 years, leading to lower product residuals, improved occupational safety, and improved supply chain efficiencies.
Our Sustainable EO services provide Customers with strategies to reduce the EO sterilant used in the sterilization process to achieve the prescribed Sterility Assurance Level. This program includes innovative approaches to EO sterilization, such as cycle design, validation strategy, and process challenge device design, all focused on the reduction of EO residuals on healthcare products. Click here to learn more.
New products are focused on improving productivity and providing more sustainable solutions for our Customers. Our recently launched line of Celerity fast-acting biological indicators are not only significantly faster, but the related challenge packs eliminate the use of paper, which means less waste. This can lead to a savings of thousands of pounds of paper per year in a healthcare facility.
One of our most precious resources on earth is water. For many years, STERIS has focused on creating new products that significantly reduce the use of water. Just a few examples of our progress:
Our manufacturing facilities are also driving our progress to become a more sustainable company, with changes such as reducing material useage and wasted material and recycling raw material packaging for future use in product packaging.
With over a hundred facilities worldwide, energy efficiency is important to us as well: