A large Dutch hospital is looking for technologies for the environmentally friendly treatment of liquid chemical waste from its testing laboratories as part of a technical cooperation agreement.
Currently, contaminated fluids from hospital laboratories are disposed of as expensive chemical waste. For example, in a pathology laboratory, contaminated fluids contain formalin, alcohol and / or xylene; the amount is about 70-80 liters per week. In a clinical chemistry laboratory, approximately 35 liters of liquid waste is generated per week containing dyes and liquid chromatography residues. Due to the increase in laboratory research, the amount of this liquid waste is constantly increasing.
The hospital lacks experience in analyzing the environmental impact of liquid waste, as well as the technical and chemical know-how to reduce the amount of liquid waste. It is for this reason that the hospital is looking for solutions, ideas and partners to help them solve this problem.
The main question is, “How can a hospital use chemical fluids more efficiently in its pathology and clinical chemistry laboratories?”
Non-standard ideas and solutions are welcome. The hospital offers two approaches:
1. Application of new laboratory methods and chemical formulations that will help to reduce or avoid the use of harmful chemical fluids;
2. Cleaning and / or recycling contaminated liquids in the laboratory prior to transport, which will reduce the amount of liquid waste disposed of.
Potential partners are considered to have expertise in the following areas:
– laboratory methods
– chemistry / chemical technology
– know-how / rules for waste disposal
– clean and ecological technologies.