Virtual Flexo Plant

Employee Training

Description

Employee environmental training falls into two main categories; training required for regulatory compliance, and internally motivated training on company environmental programs. For more information on training required by regulations, see the “Regulations” section.

Environmental Training

The best environmental programs will fail unless workers are involved in and committed to carrying out the plans. It is important that employees be aware that their actions influence the cost and environmental impact of a job. Environmental training helps employees to understand their role in meeting environmental goals and helps to stimulate new ideas for environmental efforts.

Suggestions for Pollution Prevention Training:

  • Educate employees on the meaning of pollution prevention.
  • Produce innovative and exciting training techniques for teaching pollution prevention concepts.
  • Stress the need to use the minimal amount of solvents or other chemicals to do the job. This includes inks, additives, cleaning solutions, substrate, etc.
  • Encourage employees to share ideas to further cut wastes. Positively acknowledging pollution prevention initiatives by company personnel can stimulate innovative ideas for source reduction. This may be especially beneficial because employees who are closest to the process are often in the best position to recommend and carry out change.
  • Ask ink suppliers to train employees on how to properly adjust ink for viscosity, color, etc. in order to minimize solvent and other chemical additives.
  • Ask current cleaning product suppliers to train employees on how to work with the product to get maximum performance. This will result in reduced chemical purchases and better press cleaning.
  • Ask suppliers to train employees how to properly use new products in order to get employee support of new products and ensure proper performance.

Best Management Practices & Pollution Prevention

Establish, communicate, and demonstrate to employees a management commitment to the concept of pollution prevention to encourage company-wide source reduction in everyday practice. Management can assemble pollution prevention teams of employees, incorporate pollution prevention into job responsibilities, and provide incentives for employees to prevent pollution.

Periodic monitoring helps ensure that source reduction practices are followed.

Provide Energy Star Training to employees. Employees will find out more about EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and learn about the process and benefits of benchmarking your facility or complete portfolio of buildings. They will also find out how to bulk purchase ENERGY STAR labeled products and explore the financing options for energy efficiency projects. ENERGY STAR on-line training sessions and presentations are available to organizations at no cost.

Document all training required by regulations and make sure that training is up to date.

For access to vendors who may supply alternative materials and equipment, see the PNEAC Vendor Directory.

Environmental Regulations

Training is required by various regulations, including OSHA standards as well as local, state and federal waste handling and emergency response regulations including EPA, state environmental regulatory agencies, DOT, Waste Water Treatment System Operators, etc.

Hazardous Waste Training

Large quantity generators of hazardous waste are required, according to federal environmental regulations, to have a emergency response program in place which includes training employees on how to react in case of a spill or release.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires generators of hazardous materials (wastes) transported on U.S. roadways, rail, air or ship, to be trained on the rules and regulations associated with DOT shipping requirements.

Spill Response Training

The US EPA Oil Spill Regulations require that a spill response plan is in place for generators of used oil and oil products depending on the quantity generated each year. The spill response plan must include a written plan and employee training.

Fire Safety Training

Some communication or fire safety training is required for all employees. One element of that training or communication is providing evacuation maps of the building and making them available for public review. A second facet of that requirement is to provide for employee evacuation drills in the event of an emergency. The third facet of the requirement provides for fire suppression equipment training and communication. If fire extinguishers or other portable fire extinguishing equipment are provided, then training on how to operate the equipment must be provided.

Health and Safety Training

Every employee must receive health and safety training as required by various regulations, including OSHA standards.

Health & Safety

Every employee must receive health and safety training as required by various regulations, including OSHA standards.