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Looking behind the scenes: The Ecology Lab at DOW in Stade, Germany

Always one step ahead

By Guido Deussing

Andreas Kohler (left) and Sandra Hirsch assess a water sample extract. Before entering the Ecology Lab, clear and clearly visible signs alert you to workplace safety rules that must be followed at all times. Work safety is the highest priority at Dow. Image: G. Deussing

The GC Lab, part of the Ecology Laboratory within the Chemistry Park Stade, relies on GERSTEL solutions for much of its Automation. Image: Guido Deussing

Structure promotes efficiency. Dow Ecology Lab keeps the lab orderly following the Japanese 5S method. The areas framed by clearly visible yellow lines are designated exclusively for one instrument. No other instrument or unrelated tool is allowed to be stored within this area. Image: G. Deussing

The Thermal Desorption laboratory of Dow in Stade. Sandra Hirsch: „Colleagues from other sites are sending us their samples for analysis”. Image: Guido Deussing