The company will as far as reasonably practicable address all its undertaking and activities with due consideration to (i) all environmental aspects and (ii) health and safety of employees, clients and others who may be affected.
Management will continually monitor new technology / products to establish as to whether they are an improvement beneficial to the companies activities and / or clients and the general public. Where this is found (i) measures will be introduced to amend Company Policy and (ii) information / guidance will be passed to our clients for their action as appropriate.
This policy will be brought to the attention of all the companies employees requesting their full support in this important subject matter which not only affects the companies activities but the future well being of the country / world at large.
An important aspect that will be addressed prior to purchases being made will be to establish as to whether there will be (i) a problem in the disposal of the purchases, e.g. hazardous waste, and / or (ii) life cycle of substance e.g. CFC / HCFC's which have recommended measures in place now.
Where plant / equipment is hired, the accepted standard will not be less than that required by the company.
Operation / Maintenance
All precautions will be taken to ensure that during operation or maintenance activities by the respective departments / staff, environmental matters will be treated as for health and safety.
Procedures will be in place for e.g. working on refrigeration systems to prevent the release of any refrigerant into the atmosphere.
Where contractors and / or others are engaged to remove or dispose of waste generated by the company's activities, this will be managed by the Department of the Environment, as set out in "Waste Management - The Duty of Care - A Code of Practice".
Where waste falls within the "carriage of Dangerous Goods", drivers will hold certificates e.g. Road Traffic (Training of drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods) Regulations 1992.
The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2000, ACOP "The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises".
Monitoring / Review
Whilst the actual work / activity aspect will be monitored continually by line management, the company policy will be reviewed annually and or when there are changes in legislation and or good working practices.
Managers when preparing designs for new premises / refurbishment / offices, will take into consideration the aspects that may arise during the installation / maintenance / operation and subsequent disposal of the equipment which will / may have environmental consequences during any or all of the above phases.
Aspects to be considered will include (i) materials / substances to be used (ii) energy source / type and quantity, (iii) emissions, (iv) noise and (v) presence of asbestos.
Based on the Company's policy with respect to Control of Substances Hazardous to Health [COSHH] Regulations, Provisions and Use of Work Equipment [PUWER] Regulations those with the responsibility for purchasing, materials, goods, substances, equipment and services will question the environmental aspects of such when making enquiries to manufacturers / suppliers and also prior to placing firm orders.
All clients / principal contractors will be requested to provide information as to whether asbestos has been removed and / or is still present in the building or was constructed after 1985 [blue / brown / banned] or 1999 [white, banned] asbestos respectively.
When reported that asbestos has been present or is present, all those attending the site / property will be inducted accordingly.
The company transport / vehicles will be kept in a well-maintained order to ensure that fuel and lubricants do not give cause for concern regarding polluting the atmosphere and / or land and drains.
Where hazardous substances could leak from containers the containers must be supported by an adequate bund to contain the leakage or spills.