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FLEXO Magazine : March 2009
PLANTS & PROCESSES onsite service providers, and contractors) whose job responsibili- ties affect the ability to achieve the SMS objectives and targets have been trained and are capable of carrying out those respon- sibilities. In particular, the training should highlight means to en- hance the ability of personnel to ensure compliance with regulato- ry requirements and voluntary actions affecting the organization. Organizational Decisionmaking and Planning. The SMS should also describe how these 10 elements will be integrated into the organization's overall decisionmaking and planning. For example, when a printer considers purchasing equipment (such as a new press), the following would be integrated into the decision- making process when a SMS is in place: . Energy. Is the equipment Energy Star compliant? How will its energy use compare to previously used equipment? Will it use more energy? Should alternative energy sources be purchased? . Environmental. What changes will occur in type, amount and use of inks, cleaners and substrate? How will waste genera- tion and composition change? AIe there different ventilation requirements? Has the preventative maintenance program been documented to comply with the required air permit? Will the new equipment require an increase in water con- sumption? Can the company install a filter/recirculation sys- tem for the water to minimize water use? Can the company use more environmentally-friendly plates? · Health 8( Safety. Will the new chemicals require additional hazardous communications training? Do containers or equipment need to be grounded? Are specialized contain- ers with flash arrestors required for the new chemicals? Will monitoring be required to maintain air quality? . Personnel. Will new employees be required to operate this equipment? What will their wages and benefits be? Maintenance of Documentation. Procedures must be estab- lished to ensure maintenance of appropriate documentation relating to current objectives and targets and should also ensure those records will be adequate for subsequent evaluation and improvement of the operation of the SMS. For example, the com- pany should document its state of compliance with regulatory requirements, as well as environmental performance relating to non-regulated aspects. All records should be maintained in accor- dance with relevant laws for document retention and protection. Continuous Evaluation and Improvement. The final SMS re- quires an annual documented and objective auditing of the orga- nization's performance in achieving these objectives and targets and on how well the SMS assists the organization in achieving those objectives and targets. The goal of the review should be to allow management to bring about overall improvements. More frequent reviews can be conducted at the discretion of the site management. Reviews should consider the size and complexity of the organization and other factors that are determined relevant in each organization and country. CUSTOMER ORIENTED One of the basic rules of a successful business is that it responds to customer pressures. More and more, consumers are balancing their buying decisions against a personal set of ethics and values that address sustainability. As a result, the logical step for the print buyers is to extend their principles and value systems to those within their supply chain. Printing operations are reacting to these requests and need to become proactive to such requests. Implementing a SMS guides a facility on its journey toward in- tegration of sustainable business practices. The system provides a framework for identifying gaps, key aspects, and tools to help you rank and identify possible solutions. The tools promote a holistic approach to examine and improve elements of their operation that impact the 3Ps. The journey can be immensely satisfying. The evidence is in-sustainability affords the ability to increase sales, maintain a strong employee base; and reduce EHS costs and risks associated with the printing process. Sustainability Management Systems help printers become part of the solution, not the problem. . ABOUT THE SGP PARTNERSHIP: The SGP Partnership is an independent, registration organization formed as a collabora- tion among the Flexographic Technical Association, Printing Industries of America, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association and National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers with the primary goals of defining sustainable green printing and rec- ognizingfacilities that have met established sustainable manu- facturing and business practices. Additional support has been provided by the Envelope Manufacturers Association, Foil and Specialty Effects Association and SGP Patrons. 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Sustainable Winter 2009