At Merit Medical, our mission as a global healthcare company is to improve the lives of people, families, and communities around the world. A significant part of caring for people is also ensuring our practices as a company protect the safety of our employees and the well-being of the environment.
To help guide us, our facilities worldwide use a set of international standards created by ISO (International Organization of Standardization)—an independent, non-governmental global group that develops guidelines for companies like Merit to use to help ensure quality, efficiency, and safety of its products, services, and systems.
There are many different ISO certifications, each with separate standards and criteria to follow. No matter the focus, ISO certification means that a system, protocol, service, or procedure has met all the requirements for that specific standardization.
The following is a breakdown of the ISO certifications within our sustainability program that our facilities have received as well as our goals for 2021–2022:
ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems
ISO 14001 is the international standard for certifying an environmental management system (EMS) to enhance environmental performance. Merit’s EMS has several components, for example the practices, policies, goals, legal requirements, and progress monitoring that enable us to reduce our environmental impact and increase operating efficiency. ISO 14001 standards have helped guide our company in developing the EMS for each of our manufacturing facilities.
Merit Facilities with ISO 14001 Certification
All Merit manufacturing facilities will be ISO 14001 certified by the end of 2021.
Currently, the following Merit facilities are pursuing certification:
ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
ISO 45001 guides businesses in standardizing their Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) management system to continuously seek reduction in occupational injuries and/or diseases including promoting and protecting physical and mental health. Merit’s goal to obtain certification of its OH&S system is the next step in maintaining and improving our top priority to provide a healthy and safe workplace by controlling factors that could lead to injury or illness.
All Merit manufacturing facilities will be ISO 45001 certified by the end of 2022.
At this time, the following Merit facilities are pursuing certification:
ISO 50001: Energy Management Systems
ISO 50001 standards provide businesses with guidance for improving energy conservation by developing an energy management system (EnMS). Much like the aforementioned EMS, an EnMS incorporates energy management into business practices and policies, enabling companies to better manage their energy use, conserve resources, and improve energy performance.
Merit Facilities with ISO 50001 Certification
All Merit manufacturing facilities will have or be pursuing ISO 50001 certification by the end of 2022.
At this time, the following Merit facilities are already pursuing certification:
We understand and recognize our responsibility as a good corporate citizen. By pursuing continuous improvement through ISO standardization, we reaffirm our commitment to building a sustainable world for our business, our future, and our communities.
We wish everyone a Happy Earth Day 2021!