Continually improving environmental performance
In preparing for the ISO 14001 certification, all of HAMM's operational processes with regards to resources, emissions and energy consumption were analysed initially. With its environmental management system, the roller manufacturer will continuously optimise its environmental performance, that is to say, its contribution to improving environmental protection. With this in mind, ISO 14001 stipulates that concrete goals must be set. "In this regard, we will optimise heating in the production halls to enable us to reduce gas consumption, for example. There is also potential when it comes to waste – we plan to reduce the amount of waste per machine by 20% by 2023. There are a variety of measures necessary to achieve this; our logistics, purchasing and production planning teams will be putting these in place step by step," says plant manager Dirk Pressgott, who is responsible for environmental management. Another advantage here – energy-saving measures usually lead to cost savings in the long term.
Legal register combines regulations
Companies that are certified according to ISO 14001 must also create and maintain a legal register. This combines statutory and other regulations on such environmental topics as waste disposal, solvents, air quality, noise and water pollution control. "The register allows us to have an overview of all regulations and to check compliance," explains environmental management representative Marcus Rahm.
Service providers are also audited
The measures relating to ISO 14001 certification also include regular staff training on avoiding waste. The disposer must also demonstrate their competency. Marcus Rahm explains that, "since the beginning of 2019, we check or audit all companies that dispose of our waste, paint residue, oil and other substances requiring careful handling. This shows we take seriously our responsibility for maintaining a clean environment, including beyond the limits of our plant."