AUDIOTONIX LIMITED ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY 2016

1. PURPOSE

To provide guidance for all processes that may have an effect on the environment and to ensure that we comply with all current regulations regarding environmental issues.

2. SCOPE

All employees, suppliers, contractors and visitors to Group premises

3. SAFETY

The requirements of this procedure shall not be construed as conflicting with safe guarding the health of all employees and the safety of equipment and facilities.

4. ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS

Health & Safety Policy’s
UK Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Compliance (300029)
RoHS compliance

5. REQUIREMENTS

5.1 To comply with all current and future regulations as they are implemented with regard to the environment.
5.2 Ensure that it purchases goods and materials which comply fully with Worldwide legislation and recognised environmental best practice
5.3 To recycle, reuse or reduce waste products where it is considered to be economically viable:-

  • To reuse or recycle all packaging materials
  • To work with suppliers to reduce packaging material or to instigate reusable packaging
  • To frequently monitor waste products with a view to further recycling
  • To maximise recycle of waste internally by waste streaming
    • Bins for recycling paper, card, bubble wrap, plastic bags, plastic cups, plastic reels, pallet strapping, shrink wrap, packing foam
    • Metal Skip fire recycling drink cans, scrap metals, PCBA (WEEE) and electrical waste (WEEE)
    • Battery box – used batteries
    • Aerosol bin – used aerosol cans
  • To recycle non-obligated (factory generated scrap) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

5.4 To minimize energy waste by best practices:-

  • Use of a timer and thermostat on main heating and air conditioning systems
  • Maintaining the correct temperature in rooms by use of individual radiator thermostats
  • Ensuring that external doors and windows are not left open when the heating is on
  • Ensuring that all unused electrical appliances are switched off
  • Ensuring that lights are not left on in empty parts of the buildings
  • Use of push taps in toilet blocks to control and reduce water usage
  • Use of timers to control electrical equipment such as office heaters

5.5 To encourage efficient use of transport:-

  • Car sharing where possible
  • Cycling to work by the provision of a cycle shelter and showering facilities (where possible)
  • Work from home for some employees

5.6 To use telephone, e-mail, web sites and online ordering where possible to communicate with colleagues, suppliers and customers in preference to paper based communications. Where e-mail is used avoid printing the e-mail to read or file.
5.7 To ensure that any controlled waste is disposed of through the correct procedures, by reputable, licensed waste disposal companies. Waste transfer notes should be retained where applicable. Waste transfer documentation is to be held on site, as a minimum, for the required two year period for non-hazardous wastes, and for the required three year period for hazardous wastes.

  • Where applicable, removal of solder dross from the site in sealed 25kg drums by the original supplier of the solder. These are to be stored inside the factory in a segregated area. Solder dross quantity to be reduced to a minimum through use of a solder recovery machine.
  • Disposal of any other hazardous substances by a recognised & authorised treatment company. These are wastes such as: waste flux/water from cleaning wave solder machine; waste oil from compressors, vacuum pumps etc.; batteries.
  • The segregation of scrap metal by provision of an external skip and intermediate collection points for smaller items within the production area.
  • The disposal of spent fluorescent light tubes by a recognised & authorised treatment company.
  • Recycling of scrap PCB assemblies and other Waste Electrical/Electronic Equipment (WEEE) through a by a recognised & authorised treatment company.

5.8 To reduce the quantity of paper copies of documentation by using on-line re-print facilities for:-

  • Invoices
  • Purchase orders
  • Proforma invoices

5.9 Raise staff awareness of environmental issues and promote individual good practice (correct routes of disposal, reducing waste).
5.10 To use computer technology to store and file documentation as opposed to storing data on paper.
5.11 To investigate and, where practicable, purchase recycled paper for use within the company and for its external publications, where this is not possible then to use FSC approved paper products.
5.12 To ensure that the appearance of the premises is kept tidy:-

  • Ensure that the site is free from litter
  • Ground maintenance is kept up (Grass cutting/hedge trimming

5.13 To ensure that all fume extraction systems are correctly maintained, so that all fumes that are expelled into the atmosphere are clean and within any current air pollution regulations.
5.14 To continue to ensure that all of our processes and products are as environmentally non-damaging as possible.
5.15 The use of recyclable packaging in for all our products. Minimise packaging materials to ensure waste streaming is easily achievable by our customers.
5.16 Where applicable, to minimise ‘mixer miles’ by encouraging distributors to take direct shipments from contract manufacturers rather than purchasing UK inventory.
5.17 To minimise the energy usage of our products.

James Gordon
CEO Audiotonix Limited