Endless binders and endless bookshelves. Tore Havellen, a sustainability advisor at OUH, recalled what chemical safety previously looked like, “Today, it’s almost impossible to imagine how we managed to retrieve any information at all!”
The partnership between OHU and EcoOnline began 24 years ago with EcoOnline’s foundation in 1999. OUH is the largest hospital in Scandinavia and carries out more than 1.2 million patient treatments annually. A significant percentage of the medical research carried out at Norwegian medical centres is performed at OUH.
The scale and urgency of OUH’s needs were critical. The main criteria for a digital solution was replacing and securing its countless chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS), conducting risk assessments, and making substitutions to reduce hazardous chemicals.
Managing chemicals throughout their lifecycle, from procurement to waste management, could often be a slow and costly process that required outside support.
“Before we implemented the EAL codes for waste management, we had to hire external experts to help us. The waste treatment process often took several days,” Halleven shared.