Protecting Safety and the Environment
Medline’s state-of-the-art emissions control systems continues to demonstrate that it captures more than 99% of all EtO used. We operate our plant under negative pressure to control any potential fugitive emissions. Furthermore, Medline aerates most sterilized surgical kits for at least 48 hours.
When a sterilized surgical kit leaves Medline Waukegan, we know it’s safe to use by patients and medical providers because we perform FDA-required residual risk testing.
Illinois has the leading EtO regulatory standards in the country. Current law requires that Medline regularly report ambient air and emissions data to the Illinois EPA to ensure our facility is in full safety compliance. Our filings, publicly available on the agency’s website, show that Medline is under its annual emissions cap.