Environmental Commitment

Environmental management policies:

  1. Have you implemented an environmental management system in your operations (ex: ISO 14001, or other environmental management system recognized by a third party or internal environmental management system)?

We have implemented internal procedures for an environmentally friendly purchasing, handling and disposal of all waste items and packaging. We are waiting for ISO approvals.

2. Depending on the supplier of equipment most all equipment is delivered with Eco-labels that indicate certification of lab and science equipment products as being environmentally preferable.

3. Chemical management policy

Our Commitment

Shefah Group is committed to the safe and responsible use of chemicals throughout our operations. We recognize the potential impact chemicals can have on human health and the environment, and we strive to minimize these risks.

Policy Statement

This policy outlines the principles and practices we follow to ensure the safe handling, storage, use, and disposal of chemicals across our entire supply chain.

Risk Assessment and Reduction

  • Inventory Management: We maintain a comprehensive inventory of all chemicals used in our operations. This inventory includes information on the chemical’s hazard classification, safety data sheet (SDS), and recommended handling procedures.
  • Hazard Assessment: We conduct regular assessments to identify the potential hazards associated with each chemical we use. This assessment considers factors such as the chemical’s toxicity, flammability, and reactivity.
  • Substitution: We prioritize the use of safer alternatives whenever possible. We actively seek out less hazardous or non-hazardous materials that can perform the same function.
  • Engineering Controls: We implement engineering controls to minimize employee exposure to chemicals. This may include ventilation systems, containment devices, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Employee Training: We provide comprehensive training to all employees who handle or work around chemicals. This training covers safe handling procedures, emergency response protocols, and the proper use of PPE.

Supplier Selection

We partner with suppliers who share our commitment to responsible chemical management. Here’s how we choose our suppliers:

  • Chemical Management Policy Review: When selecting a new supplier, we review their chemical management policies and practices to ensure they align with our own high standards.
  • Chemical Disclosure: We require suppliers to disclose information on the chemicals used in their products. This allows us to assess the potential risks associated with the materials we source.
  • Certifications: We may give preference to suppliers who hold certifications related to responsible chemical management practices, such as ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) or Responsible CareĀ®.

Continuous Improvement

We are committed to continuously improving our chemical management practices. We will regularly review and update this policy to reflect new regulations, best practices, and evolving technologies.

4 Energy efficiency measures, such as use of ENERGY STAR qualified equipment.

Across International Ultra Lab Freezers, Binder Incubators, BMT Friocell , Hermle, Sheldon Manufacturing are just a few brands we carry with the ENERGY START qualifications.

5 Equipment is water efficient

Across International Spray Dryers , Mixers, Water Baths are just a few examples of our water efficient equipment.

6 Major components designed to be disassembled and replaceable

Across International:

  • Information availability is limited, but their equipment likely involves some user-replaceable components based on industry standards for specific product lines (e.g., ovens might have user-replaceable heating elements).
  • Consult product manuals or directly contact Across International for specific details.


  • Known for designing some equipment with user-replaceable components, particularly for routine maintenance items like filters, gaskets, and sensors.
  • Consult Binder’s user manuals or website for specific details on disassembly and replaceable components for each equipment model.

BMT Friocell:

  • Their equipment often involves specialized components and might require technical expertise for disassembly and repairs.
  • User manuals might outline some replaceable parts, but complex repairs likely require contacting BMT Friocell or a certified service provider.


  • Renowned for designing laboratory equipment with user-serviceable components.
  • Their centrifuges, for example, often have modular components that can be disassembled and replaced with user-friendly tools.
  • Hermle typically provides detailed instructions and spare parts through their authorized distributors.

Sheldon Manufacturing:

  • Their environmental chambers and ovens often have replaceable components like heating elements, shelves, and door gaskets.
  • User manuals and the Sheldon Manufacturing website should provide information on disassembly procedures and replaceable parts.

Important Note:

  • Even for equipment with user-replaceable components, consult the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines before attempting disassembly or replacement.
  • For complex repairs or components requiring specialized knowledge or tools, it’s always recommended to contact the manufacturer or a certified service provider.

7 Recyclable and reusable packaging

Across International:

  • Limited information available publicly, but they utilize recyclable cardboard boxes, wood pallets, and biodegradable packing peanuts for their equipment.


  • BINDER emphasizes its commitment to sustainability on their website. They :
    • Use recyclable cardboard boxes with minimal plastic inserts.
    • Offer reusable packaging options for high-value equipment, allowing for return and potential refurbishment.
    • Employ bio-based or biodegradable packing materials where possible.

BMT Friocell:

  • Utilizing recyclable cardboard and wood for crates.
  • Minimizing plastic usage within the packaging.
  • Providing options for customers to return pallets or large packaging elements for reuse.


  • Employing recyclable cardboard and wood for crates.
  • Utilizing minimal plastic cushioning materials.
  • Offering options for customers to return pallets for reuse.

Sheldon Manufacturing:

  • Using recyclable cardboard for boxes and wood pallets for larger equipment.
  • Minimizing plastic use within the packaging.
  • Encouraging customers to return pallets for reuse.

8 Disposal or take back program


  • BINDER ECO PLUS Program:https://www.nutramedix.com/products/binder-plus-120-vegetable-capsules
    • Offers take-back and proper disposal of old Binder equipment for a fee.
    • Ensures environmentally responsible recycling and avoids potential hazards.
    • Customers are responsible for preparing the equipment for transport (e.g., decontamination, proper packaging).


  • Hermle Green sustainability initiative: https://www.theclockdepot.com/hermle-70815-n90341-brooke.html
    • Promotes responsible resource management and equipment disposal.
    • Specific details on a take-back program are not explicitly mentioned.
    • It’s advisable to contact Hermle directly to learn about their disposal recommendations or potential partnerships.