The Great British Card Company

Environmental Policy

General statement of policy

 

The management and all who work at The Great British Card Company are committed to the environment and the prevention of pollution.

The organisation ensures that all its activities are carried out in conformance with the relevant legislation.

The organisation seeks to minimise waste arisings, promote recycling, reduce energy consumption, reduce harmful emissions and, where possible, to work with suppliers who themselves have sound environmental policies.

An essential feature of the environmental management system is a commitment to improving environmental performance. This is achieved by setting environmental objectives and targets which are regularly monitored and reviewed. These objectives and targets are publicised throughout the organisation and all staff are committed to their achievement.

Signed                                                                                                Operations Director

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Accountabilities for Health and Safety

Good environmental performance is the accountability of all at The Great British Card Company. However, the following people have specific duties:

Duty Person(s)
Overall and final accountability for environmental performance C Wilcox
Environmental Co-ordinator M Wych
Person responsible for operational conditions in the Warehouse M Wych
Person responsible for operational conditions in the General Offices J Tredgett
Person responsible for purchasing decisions S Gallagher

Employee’s accountabilities

Each employee is accountable for:

  • Co-operating with The Great British Card Company management to achieve a safe and healthy environment within our site and outside.
  • Not interfering with, or misusing any device provided to meet our environmental obligations or policy.

Specific Arrangements

Legislation

Operations shall comply with appropriate legislation and guidance relating to this.

The Great British Card Company shall maintain an up-to-date register of relevant legislation.

Communication and training

The Great British Card Company recognise that a key to good environmental performance is for all people involved to be aware of the processes and systems in place. Therefore, we shall ensure that appropriate personnel are made aware of the processes and systems through appropriate communication and/or training.

Pollution minimisation

Storage, transportation and operations shall be conducted to minimise ground or water pollution or the potential for pollution, so far as is reasonably practical.

Systems shall be in place, and personnel trained, to cope with spillages in order to prevent contamination of land or water courses.

Energy conservation

Operations shall be carried out to conserve energy, so far as is reasonably practical. This shall include reducing unnecessary heat loss and unnecessary electricity usage through leaving equipment running or lights burning when not required. Where possible, operations shall be carried out in such a way as to minimise the energy used.

Transport

Where possible, transport operations shall be organised to minimise the number of journeys made by road vehicles and their duration. This shall include avoiding trips with a half-empty vehicle, repeated runs to the same area and runs at peak periods when waiting times with the engine running and acceleration and braking are likely to be greater. Where rail transport is a viable alternative, then this shall be used in preference to road transport.

Company vehicles shall be chosen with fuel type and usage as a primary consideration.

Emissions

Operations shall be carried out to minimise emissions to air. This shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Minimising the use of IPA through both minimising the percentage in the fount solution and investigating the possible use of alternatives
  • Using class IIIA solvents where possible
  • Using dispensers for hand-applied solvents, rather than open-lidded tins
  • Closing lids on bins containing solvent-soaked wipes

Effluent

Processes shall be chosen to minimise the likelihood of effluent discharge via the drains.

Solvents

Solvents shall be chosen, so far as is reasonably practical to follow the HSE solvent preference criteria of:

Least preferable IA
IIA
IIIA
Most preferable Vegetable based

Solvents shall be used in a way to minimise emissions to air and to reduce the potential concentrations in which they may be inhaled to be considerably below occupational exposure standards.

Solvent shall be stored and transported in such a way as to minimise the potential for leakage to either ground or drains.

Appropriate spill kits and procedures shall be in place to cope with any spillage that occurs, and people should be trained or otherwise made aware of the procedures.

Other chemicals

Other chemical shall be chosen and controlled in such a way as to:

  • Minimise the potential environmental impact during normal use or in the case of a spillage, etc.
  • Minimise the potential health impact of substances where there is a known health risk, such as ink strippers containing dichloromethane.

Purchasing and raw materials

Within the constraints of customer requirements, purchasing decisions shall be made with due regard to the environmental consequences of the decision. In the case of paper, paper shall be purchased from mills that

  • Use wood pulp from a renewable source. The wood we use is primarily spruce or eucalyptus from forests which are replanted on a regular basis. We shall not purchase paper from mills using wood from rain forests or other hardwood sources.
  • Recycle internal waste materials
  • Remove all effluent from water before discharge and
  • Do not use chlorine in the paper production process

Where possible, materials shall be “environmentally friendly.” However, The Great British Card Company realises that the high quality nature of the sector in which we operate means that recycled papers are not likely unless specifically requested by a client.

Waste

All wastes shall be segregated to maximise the environmental opportunities of subsequent waste treatment or disposal processes.

All wastes shall be removed and processed by licenced waste contractors and the systems used shall comply with the requirements of the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005. The Great British Card Company shall also determine how this waste shall be processed such as recovery, recycling or combined heat and power systems. Unless there is no reasonably practical alternative, The Great British Card Company shall avoid sending waste directly to landfill.