Environmental impact is a key consideration in your manufacturing process innovation
The world has finite resources and we must take responsibility for sustaining its future. The environmental impact of the products we design and processes used to manufacture them must be seriously scrutinised to assess their effects on the health of your workforce, the general public and our environment    
Key Issues
·         Taking a responsible approach to reducing the environmental impact of products and processes makes commercial sense
·         Risk assessments of your products, processes and facilities should be undertaken by trained auditors to quantify the risks and determine costs and benefits
o      Products – design them to last longer in service, be energy efficient, reduce noise levels, utilise natural materials, replace harmful materials, such as cadmium, make them easier to recycle
o      Processes – introduce environmentally friendly processes such as water based cleaning methods, remove harmful plating treatments, recycle packaging materials, use natural oils, remove waste responsibly
o      Facilities – improve insulation, increase efficiency of heating systems, introduce modern lighting, recycle waste, reduce noise levels, conserve water, prevent leakages in airlines, water, oil, gas, fumes and dust extraction
·         Establish a disaster recovery plan and introduce actions to reduce the likelihood of it happening and recovery plans in the event that it does happen.
·         Work with customers and suppliers to transfer best practice
·         Establish lines of communication with legitimate representative groups and   local authorities to address issues that could impact the community
·         Undertake regular environmental audits and benchmark your business’s foot print against previous audits and acknowledged best practice
·         Track changes in environmental legislation and seek to exceed threshold requirements for compliance, before mandated dates
·         Your people should be trained to recognise and address environmental issues
·         Investments in plant and equipment, lighting, heating and services should be subject to an environmental evaluation as part of the business review.
Factors for Success      
Factors to  Avoid
1.     Your managers accept responsibility for making products and processes ‘clean
2.     Your managers conduct regular audits and implement any corrective actions
3.     You encourage your workforce to adopt a responsible attitude to removing waste
4.     You implement simple changes that will make noticeable improvements
1.     Expecting people to understand the issues without providing any training
2.     Highlighting the shortcomings without resources to implement improvements
3.     Managers not owning the problems-passing responsibility to junior staff
4.     Failure to communicate with the local community on appropriate issues
Who does this apply to?
Senior managers and their teams
Realisable Benefits
Provides a reputation of corporate responsibility and generates cost savings


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