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Reduction of volatiles organic compounds and waste

Development Area: Management System


For a long time Bial is looking the potential environmental impacts, mainly of its industrial ´ activity caring to find opportunities to reduce our footprint as possible.

It´s an action formally integrated in our management system, that restarts every year with the production of the report “Environmental Aspects, Risks and Opportunities”, continues with Quality, Environment, Occupational, Health and Safety Management Plan and ends with the Performance Analysis – Quality, Environment, Occupational Health and Safety.


2001 The beginning: Reduction of volatiles organic compounds

At 2001 Bial was already committed to contribute to the preservation of the environment, and was implementing an Environmental Management System. One of the goals of this Environmental Management program was a significant reduction in the emission of volatile organic compounds. So, a project has been initiated to eliminate organic solvents at source, which includes among other actions the replacement of the organic coating of Bial’s Antibiotics with an aqueous coating.

The relevance of this substitution has been evident and with this action Bial achieved a reduction of 9.4 tons / year in the emission of volatile organic compounds, eliminating the inherent hazards of handling flammable and toxic substances.

Replacement of the organic coating with an aqueous equivalent implied modifications in the qualitative-quantitative composition of the medicament, in the manufacturing process, in the control of raw material / intermediate / finished product.

And after 2000 we had no more consumption of VOC in Antibiotics products!



Two years ago: Waste reduction

The goal was to find blister size to minimize the waste produced by the patients when finish the medication
The forming side of the aluminium blister is composed by a laminate of several films glued by adhesives:



The goal was to reduce the area of blister to the minimum trough changing the printing systems, blister appearance and improve controls of the equipment to reduce blister area.


The results shown a sustainable reduction of 30% in laminate consumption per blister.


So far, 2018 preliminary results maintain same positive result
Old blister size against new one:

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Management System


27 Setembro, 2018

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