Responsible Care/EHS/Waste Treatment/AEO Authorization
Responsible CARE programs had been designed into the basic working philosophies of ScinoPharm. It is a voluntary management program designed to improve EH & S performance of the plant in general, also specifically designed to prevent disasters that would adversely affect our employees, the community, the public or the general environment.
Environmental, Health and Safety
ScinoPharm's EH & S programs have been established in accordance with the codes of the Taiwan Responsible Care Association (TRCA).
These codes include Emergency Response, Process Safety Management, Employee Safety & Health, Laboratory Safety, Transportation Safety, Contractor Safety, Waste Minimization as well as Product Stewardship.
To protect our employee's safety and health, a series of containment and special material handling devices are mandated by our working practices SOPs. Process safety is enhanced by our plant-wide SDS and toxicity information database, in compliance with OSHA standards.
In addition, an on-site program is in place to manage chemical reactive hazards and scale-up safety assessments using several hazard prediction instruments such as the Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC). For toxicity prediction, a software, Derek for Windows is applied.
Employee safety and health records are compiled in accordance with OSHA guidelines, allowing direct comparisons to the safety statistics maintained the world class chemical and pharmaceutical plants.
ScinoPharm has the capability to treat its wastes, including biodegradable waste waters, burnable wastes, solid waste and air pollutants.
Biodegradable wastes are treated in a combination Activated Sludge system and membrane bioreactor (MBR) units. Sludge from this unit is separated, filtered and trucked to a government-approved incinerator in the Southern Taiwan Science Industrial Park. Treated wastewater, as well as domestic sewage, are piped to the tertiary bio-treatment system in the Science Industrial Park. Hazardous solid wastes are either incinerated in the government incinerator or properly buried in a government-approved class A Hazardous Waste site in Taiwan. Non-hazardous waste is shipped to a Sanitary Landfill operated by a certified class B waste disposal vendor. All vapors and particulate emissions from either the R&D facility or the production units are captured and removed using caustic scrubbers. Recovery of solvents is practiced whenever possible.
ScinoPharm had been certified as an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) by the Taiwanese Customs office on September, 2010. The AEO certificate is an internationally recognized quality mark indicating the company in the international supply chain is secure, and their customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant. AEO status confers various advantages such as simplified customs procedures, fast-tracking through security checks and preferential customs clearance.
Companies wishing to be certified as an Authorized Economic Operator must fulfill extensive requirements with respect to creditworthiness, legal compliance and safety standards in international trade in goods.
ScinoPharm is the first pharmaceutical company in Taiwan to be awarded the AEO certification.